Amos McGee Misses the Bus

by Philip C Stead (Author) Erin E Stead (Illustrator)

Amos McGee Misses the Bus
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
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. .
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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review

Amos McGee is back, right on time. (Picture book. 3-6)

Publishers Weekly

In this follow-up to A Sick Day for Amos McGee, the pale-skinned zookeeper plans to finish his work chores early so he can take all of his animal friends on an outing--but, instead, he falls asleep at the kitchen table. Though the resultant rush for the bus unfolds at a page-turning pace, Amos ends up walking anyway as the book turns gently sedate. Upon arrival, he apologizes to the elephant waiting at the chess table: "I hope you are not upset." (The expression of deep, wordless concern on the elephant's face makes it clear that, on the contrary, the worry is all for Amos.) When Amos finally falls asleep mid-chore, as a tired zookeeper will sometimes do, the animals finish his work for him--"The rhinoceros made sure all the littlest creatures were fed," writes Philip Stead. This sequel by the married collaborators accurately duplicates the world of its predecessor. Erin Stead's skillful pencil and woodblock print art gives Amos and his charges compassionate expressions, making them the kinds of characters who draw the best out of each other. By their works, they create around them an attentive atmosphere of patience, loving kindness, and--when the work is done and they pile onto a bus--quiet, good cheer. Ages 2-6. (Nov.)

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-K--In this worthy sequel to the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, the Steads return to the world of kindly, elderly, and gangly Amos McGee, incorporating elements of the first story that readers loved. All the zoo friends are back, and Amos rides the big, blue number five bus to and from work. However, this time, Amos's predictable, quiet life is altered not by a cold but by a lack of sleep. Amos's excitement over planning an outing for his zoo friends prevents him from getting a good night's sleep, causing him to snooze at the breakfast table and miss his bus. When he finally arrives at the zoo, poor Amos cannot stay awake, so while he sleeps, the concerned animals take care of him in a variety of ways, resulting in the friends being able to take Amos's planned trip. The woodblock artwork is just as gorgeous as in the original, and the illustrator seems to have fun expanding slightly on Amos's world, showing his new bedside table, his wingback chair, and a mysterious giraffe that rides the number five bus. Until the friends are on their way to the beach, Amos looks a bit less content than in the first book. Luckily, his smile returns. VERDICT In a world of sickness, strife, and stridency, it is a pleasure to spend time again with Amos McGee and his zoo friends.--Sally James, South Hillsborough Elem. Sch., CA

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month!

*[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)

Philip C Stead
Philip Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal-winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. Together with Erin, he also created Bear Has a Story to Tell, an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award honor book. Philip, also an artist, has written and illustrated several of his own books. He lives with Erin, their daughter, and their dog in a 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Roaring Brook Press
Publication date
November 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV002260 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Zoos
Library of Congress categories

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