Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Sick Day for Amos McGee; Philip Stead

 Title: A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Author: Philip Stead
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Edition: hardcover
Source: Library
Date Completed: 3/3/2011
Setting: undisclosed
Rating: 5/5 stars
Recommend: Yes

In the wonderfully illustrated children's book Amos McGee is an older man who gets up every morning and goes to his job at the City zoo. Even though his job keeps him bust, Amos, a kind, gentle man with smiley face is never too busy to spend time with his friends.  Whether it is having a race with the tortoise, or spending time with a shy penguin, or reading stories to the owl who is afraid of the dark, Amos makes his friends feel important.  One day Amos is sick with a cold, and the animals wonder where he is. Concerned, his animal friends go to his house to care for him and show Amos how much he is missed.

Not only is this a sweet story, but the illustrations, by Erin Stead, are fabulous.  Pencil sketch like drawings peppered with vibrant colors to highlight items of interest make this the type of book you and your special little one will treasure.


  1. Awwww...this one sounds adorable. I have been feeling like Amos for the past few days!!!

  2. The elementary school where I volunteer got this one in this week but I didn't get a chance to look at it. I'm going to have to grab it if it hasn't been put out yet!

  3. I love the cover. I'm looking forward to reading this one to my day care kids.

  4. I love the description of this book, and the illustrations are wonderful! Great review and great choice!

  5. This sounds like such a sweet story, and I love the drawings that you included with your post.
    I am going to see if our children's librarian knows about this one.

  6. Love, love, loved this book. Thanks for posting on it. Can you believe that this was the illustrator's first?

  7. I like this one, too. It's a sweet story.

  8. Thank you for spotlighting this. I'm always on the lookout for great children's books. My grandkids are coming tomorrow and we'll be taking a trip to Borders.

  9. This sounds just wonderful - the story and the illustrations.


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