A Sick Day for Amos McGee

by Drawrite

Written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Ages 4-8.

Looking at the many writing and illustration styles, sometimes simplicity stands out. That is exactly the reason I picked this book up. It isn’t pretentious or forced. Just very imaginative and thoughtful.

Amos McGee is a friendly zookeeper who goes beyond his line of duty to care for the animals. He’d play chess with the elephant and run races with the tortoise, and at sunset, read stories to the owl. One day Amos woke with the sniffles and cannot make it to the zoo. What happens later that day is heart warming.

The illustrations done using woodblock printing techniques and pencil are delicate and full of character. The frames make you want to jump in and be a part of the scene. The nature of the animals comes through and the gentle Amos McGee comes to life. The addition of the ‘The Red Balloon‘ is a charming touch.

A wonderful husband and wife association, this book is a good book to read!