Amos McGee Misses the Bus (Hardcover)

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Amos McGee Misses the Bus (Hardcover)

By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)


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“Amos McGee and his crew of delightful animal friends are proof that humor and levity can exist in a completely sincere and heartfelt story. With a surprise ending and Philip and Erin Stead’s signature style, this is another modern classic from the dynamic duo!”
— Molly Olivo, Barstons Child's Play, Washington, DC

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Amos McGee is back! Over a decade ago readers met Amos, a kindly zookeeper keeping special traditions (chess with the elephant, races with the tortoise, quiet time with the shy penguin, a handkerchief for the rhinoceros) with his good friends in A Sick Day for Amos McGee. In this companion book Amos lays awake most of the night, excitedly planning an outing for his friends. Sleep-deprived and groggy the next morning, Amos McGee Misses the Bus to work, arriving late and tired after a long walk, losing things along the way. The five friends know how to help after suggesting that Amos enjoy a nap, never suspecting that Amos McGee has another surprise in store! Readers will enjoy revisiting the Caldecott Award-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee before relishing Amos McGee Misses the Bus. Thank you Philip and Erin Stead for a memorable return to Amos McGee and friends! 

— From Victoria's Kid Picks

Hooray! Our good friends are back!

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, is very considerate and always on time. But after a late night planning a surprise for all his friends, Amos is tired. So tired, in fact, that he falls asleep during breakfast and misses his bus to the zoo!

Now he knows he won't have time for the surprise he planned for his friends. Unless... perhaps his friends can step in and help him out.

Ten years after the phenomenally successful, Caldecott Medal-winning classic, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, we are reunited with the gang in a brand new, heartwarming story from acclaimed author Philip C. Stead and award-winning illustrator, Erin E. Stead.

PHILIP C. STEAD is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2010).  Philip, also an artist, both wrote and illustrated his debut Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast (Roaring Brook Press, 2009), which was applauded by School Library Journal for “its wry humor and illustrations worthy of a Roald Dahl creation.”  Philip lives with Erin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Erin E. Stead has illustrated several children's books with her husband, Philip C. Stead. Their first picture book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, won the Caldecott Medal. She has also illustrated And Then It's Spring (written by Julie Fogliano) and contributed to Eric Carle's What's Your Favorite Animal? The Steads divide their time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250213228
ISBN-10: 1250213223
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: November 23rd, 2021
Pages: 48
Language: English


*"[A] worthy sequel to the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee...In a world of sickness, strife, and stridency, it is a pleasure to spend time again with Amos McGee and his zoo friends." - School Library Journal, starred review

*"Wholly delightful follow-up that also stands well on its own." - Booklist, starred review

*"A welcome return of the kindly, Caldecott-winning zookeeper and his animal friends...Sensitive, warm illustrations infuse subtle humor...and are perfectly paced." - Kirkus, starred review

"Erin Stead’s skillful pencil and woodblock print art attentive atmosphere of patience, loving kindness, and...good cheer." - Publishers Weekly

"An elegant and assured addition to the gentle world of Amos and his friends." - Horn Book

"Erin Stead’s familiar pencil and woodblock art evinces old school charm, with soft dappling, scratchy linework, and a muted palette. Fans can only hope that Amos and pals continue their shenanigans in future titles." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)