Yesterday at storytime (we read stories to children every Wednesday and Saturday) we read A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip C. Stead
The book is a Caldecott award winner, and also an ALA Youth Media for 2011 award winner. The book tells the story of a zookeeper named Amos McGee who always does the same thing everyday, and he is always right on time. Amos has a lot of friends among the animals at the zoo, but one day he gets sick and doesn’t make it in. I won’t post spoilers for this one because I really think you should all buy a copy, if not for yourself then for a child you love.
This book was beautiful. The story, while not exactly a new or unpredictable one, was sweet and lovely and the illustrations were amazing. I’m not a big fan of the new types of illustrations that books have, those crude and not very talented pictures or the computer generated ones. This book had breathtaking pictures done in what looked like pencil and watercolor and they were beautiful and very well done. I found the coupling of the story and the illustrations very moving. Amos reminded me of my grandfather and when I was reading the book for myself before I read it to the children I cried a little bit because of this.
If you are looking for a good, wholesome book to read to your children or to give to a child you love, I think this is a good choice. The kids at my storytime loved it and so did I. I give it 5 bookies!
Three cheers for Amos McGee!