Picture Book Review: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

Looking for your next read? Check out A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Kate L.

Amos McGee is a zookeeper who makes a point of spending quality time with his favorite animals every single day. He plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise, who never loses and just sits with the shy penguin. He wipes the allergy prone rhino’s nose and he reads stories at sunset to the owl, who’s afraid of the dark. But one day Amos wakes up with the sniffles and he misses work.

Now what happens to the animals who are all wondering where Amos is? They don’t just sit around but take the bus to Amos’ house and care for their friend until he’s all better.

The book’s message of friendship and kindness to others comes through the simple gestures of Amos and the animals. Children will enjoy the humor, the elegant drawings and the enduring power of friendship. We could all use friends like Amos and the animals.

If you liked this Caldecott Award winning book look for the new adventure of Amos McGee and his friends in “Amos McGee misses the bus”, soon in our Fulton County Library catalog. While you wait, we recommend checking out more books by this author-illustrator husband and wife team. You will find several great reads in our catalog, like ‘Special Delivery’ or ‘Lenny and Lucy’. You may also check out this book in Spanish.

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