written with Liz garton scanlon
illustrated by matthew cordell
Little Louie is stuck in bed with a bad cold. His nose is clogged, his ears are crackling, and his brain feels full. All he wants is his mom to take care of him, but whenever he calls out for her, his stuffed-up nose summons slobbery dog Bob instead!
"Scanlon and Vernick understand the way that being sick makes kids need comfort that they don’t usually need, how it makes them unrecognizable even to themselves, and the comfort a mother’s presence brings. Every page offers a giggle: 'His lips chapped and his eyes gunked. As for his nose, you can’t even imagine.' With its funny, congested language ('I doan wan by bedicine') and problems every reader will understand this is read-aloud gold." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
" Scanlon and Vernick’s text is sweet without treacle, and it gives Little Louie’s long-suffering couple of sick days a good ride. Cordell’s artwork is terrific ... the story has a lot of adorable acreage."--Kirkus