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A Sick Day For Amos McGee


  • Observant readers will notice tiny surprises hidden in plain sight: a red balloon, a tiny mouse and sparrow popping up here and there in the story. Erin E. Stead, the illustrator, overlays her pencil sketches with gentle tones of pink, peach, blue and green, and bright red spots that belie the deceptive ordinariness of the text.
    –The New York Times Book Review
  • Thick, creamy paper and a muted palette add to the gentle resonance of a story that ends with everyone tucked in at last for a sweet night’s sleep.
    –Washington Post
  • It’s hard to believe that this is Erin Stead’s first children’s book-her woodcut and oil-ink artwork is so warmly appealing that she seems like an old pro.
    –Time Out New York Kids
  • Here is a book that exemplifies that happy combination where words and pictures carry equal weight and yet somehow create a whole that defies arithmetic.


  • Stead, Philip C. Bear Has a Story To Tell.
  • Ludwig, Trudy. The Invisible Boy.
  • Hoose, Philip M. Hey, Little Ant.
  • Pinkney, Jerry. The Lion and the Mouse.