What If Your Friend Gets Sick?

A Sick Day for Amos McGeeamos

Written by Philip C. Stead

Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-62672-301-6

Format: Print Book

32 Pages ~ Ages 5-8

Brief Summary

In this New York Times Best Seller, Amos McGee is a friendly, loving zookeeper. Each day, he visits his good friends before starting his daily tasks. When he awakes too sick to go to work one morning, his friends miss him so much they go check on him, caring for him the way he does for them.


What a charming book about friendship and loyalty! After anticipating reading this for some time, the Steads sure did not disappoint. It’s amazing how atypical friendships can teach little ones (and adults too) so much about being there for your friends when they need you. I can’t help but wonder how soon Amos would have begun to feel better if his zoo friends hadn’t thought enough of their friend to go take care of him. I own the Kohl’s reprinted edition of this book and I love that it doesn’t have a book jacket; it’s perfect for little ones to hold and cannot be easily torn. Erin’s illustrations are so adorable and give life to Philip’s text. I especially love the two double-page spreads sans text when they animals leave the zoo, as they provide a time gap where young readers can show their comprehension of the story by verbally sharing what’s happening at the time.


  • age appropriate text
  • gap in time easily comprehendible
  • amazingly funny illustrations
  • hardcover perfect for little ones


  • a couple of words that younger readers would not understand


  • One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo


  • Caldecott Medal (2011)
  • ALSC Notable Children’s Book (2011)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book (2010)
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book (2010)
  • Read at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll

                …and many more

Read Erin’s interview with 7-Imps about beginning her career as an illustrator with A Sick Day for Amos McGee.

You can watch Erin discuss her woodblock process here.


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