Amos McGee Misses the Bus – written by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

            Amos McGee Misses the Bus – written by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, Roaring Brook Press, 2021. 9781250213228 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover Picture book

What did you like about the book? Zookeeper Amos McGee has promised the animals an outing but on the designated day he has not slept well.  His tiredness causes him to miss his bus, leave his lunch behind, and lose his hat; he arrives late to work.  He is so tired that he falls asleep in the middle of his chores.  His devoted animal friends take charge: the elephant sweeps, the rhino feeds the smaller critters, the penguin keeps everyone from disturbing Amos’s sleep and the Owl takes over instruction.  The tortoise, who has ambled outside the zoo for a walk, returns with Amos’s lunchbox and hat. The day is saved!  There is still time to board the bus and go to the beach.

Readers of the previous Amos book will recognize Amos and all the animals in the gentle pencil drawings done in a woodblock printing process that is beautiful and feels old-fashioned.  The kindness of the animals, the relationship they share with Amos and each other is truly heartwarming.

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Those who enjoyed the previous story of Amos and his animal friends, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, will surely enjoy this next installment. A nice bedtime story or just for a quiet time.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, Child care centers and kindergartens.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: December 27, 2021

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