THE BEST CURE FOR A COLD might just be a visit from your closest friends. Winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal and 2010 Best Illustrated Books award from the New York Times.
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends at the zoo. He'd play chess with the elephant and run races with the Tortoise (who never ever lost). He'd sit quietly with the shy penguin, lend a handkerchief to the rhinoceros with a runny nose, and read stories at sunset to the owl, who was afraid of the dark.
But one morning, "Ah-choo!" he woke up with the sniffles, the sneezes, and the chills. One thing was sure, he would not be making it to work that day.
Meanwhile, at the zoo the animals patiently waited for their friend. When he didn't show up they suspected something was wrong and took a bus to visit him, as any good friends would do.
Here is a wonderfully old fashioned story of some very loyal friends, with spectacular drawings by a highly talented artist, Erin Stead, making her picture book debut.
Philip and Erin Stead divide their time between New York City and Ann Arbor, MI.
Philip, also an artist, both wrote and illustrated his first book for children, Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast, published by Roaring Brook Press.
Erin creates her illustrations by hand using woodblock printing techniques and pencil. This is the first book that she has illustrated.