"On Wednesday, my nose was running" begins this title, narrated by a young boy who stays home with a cold, and each spread describes the phases of being sick, illustrated in colorful, digitally-enhanced cartoon artwork. By Sunday, the boy's cold is all gone, and he wonders where it went. Comical pictures show the cold as a big green monster with a long red nose and pink eyes in scenarios around the world: "Last summer, it visited my aunt in Iowa. She fed it chicken soup and kept it in with a book." Could it be climbing mountains in the Alps? Making a whale sneeze in Antarctica? Stuck at the airport? "It does get to see a lot of people and places," says the boy, but in the end, the cold is back home and just down the hall with his sister, who needs a Kleenex. Young children may not get the parody in each scene, but they will enjoy the global adventures and comical nonsense. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
These debuting collaborators turn a thoroughly common experience--catching a cold--into an idiosyncratic meditation about a germ on the move. Rausch opens with a boy's play-by-play of his cold ("On Thursday, my throat was hurting"), but after he gets better, the boy wonders where his cold might have gone. A cross between the work of Maira Kalman and Roz Chast, Krug's quirky, electric-hued pictures combine folk art and cartoon sensibilities. The latter surfaces in her portrayal of the cold, a mucus-green, egg-shaped figure with a red Pinocchiolike nose and pink eyes. After the boy reminisces about the cold's earlier visits to relatives across the country (his grandmother in Vegas "gave it lots of orange juice and took it out with her to play poker"), his imagination sends the cold on an international tour ("Is it climbing mountains in the Alps? Or backpacking through Peru?"), causing discomfort to humans as well as animals. A whale sneezes the germ out of its blowhole, and the cold soon comes full circle, catching up with the boy's sister. Odd subject matter, but Krug's artwork makes for a visually arresting journey. Ages 3–5. (Jan.)
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