A Sick Day For Amos McGee
Written by Philip C. Stead - Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Physical and Visual Features
Artistic Style and Media
The artistic style used was I would say a fun mix of realistic and cartoon. In creating children's literature I believe this is a really important style because it helps children expand their imaginations while reading, since the images are not what they would normally see around it helps spark creativity. However, it is realistic characters which I think helps the overall meaning of friendship seem very real and true, rather than something of fiction.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee was illustrated by Erin E Stead, using a technique called wood block printing. According to the website, Macmillan Publishers, Mrs. Stead says she wood blocks each character and then draws with pencil over them. This detail really gives each character in this book great consistent detail. This helps represent the complexity of each and everyone of us, but not in a over bearing way. The wood block printing technique very lightly presses the ink, giving the aura of warmth and calmness. In a publishers weekly review of this story, I found a similar supporting opinion. It stated that the artistic media contributed to the "story's tranquility" as well as "draw[ing] subtle element's to the viewers' attention"(Children's Book Review).
Elements of Illustration
Interplay of Illustration and Text
A Sick Day for Amos McGee | Philip C. Stead | Macmillan. (n.d.). Retrieved February 11,
Children's Book Review: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illus. by Erin E.
Stead, Roaring Brook/Porter. (n.d.). Retrieved
February 10, 2016, from http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-59643-402-8