cover image Sick Day

Sick Day

David McPhail. Holiday House, $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2424-5

The shaggy haired boy that McPhail introduced in Boy, Bird, and Dog (who also resembles characters from the author/illustrator’s other books) is sick in bed in this addition to the I Like to Read series. The boy’s mother tends to him, while his pet dog and a black bird keep him company and bring gifts—like a bone (“ ‘Chew it,’ says Dog. ‘But don’t eat it,’ ”) and a slice of pizza. By book’s end, the tables have turned, and Boy has a chance to comfort Dog and Bird. Simple declarative sentences, understated humor, and emotive ink-and-watercolor illustrations make this a tender pick for beginning readers. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)