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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
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Aug 14, 2012

it was amazing

This is a beautiful story of reciprocity and friendship. Every morning Amos McGee goes to his work as caretaker of the zoo and does something special with each of his animal friends until one day he gets sick and cannot go to work. His animal friends then decide to go to him and take care of him. The illustrations are made using woodblock printing and pencils. This combination of techniques gives the book a very particular and unique look. Woodblocks are used to give colour and texture to part of the images while lines are added for the background and over some of the coloured areas for definition. Colour is used sporadically. In fact, in most images there are only some objects that are coloured while the main characters are always coloured in. This technique helps not only in giving salience to the characters, but by also having some objects have colour, it also create balance to avoid overwhelming the compositions. This book is great for talking about reciprocity and how friends help each other.
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