Book of the Week: A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Book of the Week, Children's

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Published: 2010 by Roaring Book Press

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Loved how it shows how animals aren’t just animals, but as also friends and should be treated that way.

It shows how we all have our own schedules. And they are important aspects of our lives.

I love how this book is funny and how it relies on subtle humor rather than over the top humor. For example, the owl is afraid of the dark, and the rhino has allergies.

While reading this book, I feel like each animal represented qualities that all of us humans feel: thoughtful, shy, scared, sick, and even proud. It shows just how alike animals and humans are.

The illustrations are simple yet beautiful. It’s a welcomed departure from the overdone and flashy picture books that grace the shelves as of late.

I love how the writing and the illustrations are independent – one doesn’t need the other to fuel the story forward.

I love how the HUGE elephant sits effortlessly on a tiny stool.

This book is full of small nuances that make extra special, and extra funny: Amos wears bunny slippers, when the tortoise crosses the finish line a small bird is holding a “hooray” sign and an even smaller mouse holds a pom-pom, and how the shy penguin wears socks to keep warm.

I love how it shows the value and the importance of a good friend.

Each animal featured in the book has their own personality.

Amos is a lovable character, and someone readers will immediately want to befriend.


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