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The Get Well Soon Book: Good Wishes for Bad Times Library Binding – August 8, 2000


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  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: The Millbrook Press (August 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761319220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761319221
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,919,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-Light on plot but heavy on humor, this offering is a series of predicaments strung together to make a story. Various animals, from "Delia the dragon" who "sneezed and burned herself" to "Danny the dalmatian" who "broke out into stripes," get hurt in different, outlandish ways but go to the doctor and get better. The humor is made broader and sillier through the illustrations. Delia is pouting and forlorn, with a red-and-white striped polo shirt burned and smoking on the bottom, as her singed wings droop. Even the edges of the grass are scorched. "Katie the cat," who tries to "chase a mouse through a mouse hole" (while wearing roller skates), emerges with a squared-off body, pulled whiskers, and bandaged nose. Young listeners are sure to giggle at the inventive plights these creatures experience. The book should even make some scraped knees feel better.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

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Ages 3-6. Little kids sick in bed will be cheered by this sprightly, silly picture book that shows lots of different ways that things can go wrong, starting with "Poor Cynthia centipede. She sprained 98 ankles playing field hockey." There's also Danny the Dalmatian, who breaks out in stripes, and Delia the dragon, who sneezes and burns herself. Each of the unfortunate animals appears in an imaginatively designed two-page spread, with the details of the pictures going for ultimate laughs. For instance, Cynthia is stretched across two pages, supported by a stool holding up her middle. Each one of her tiny legs is wrapped in a bandage. The watercolor art is reproduced brightly, so all the fun pops out. The book's concluding message about getting well will reassure children who are ill, but even kids who are as healthy as a horse will enjoy this. Ilene Cooper
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute little book aimed at the youngest of readers, featuring fun, vibrant, color illustrations with short captions. The message of the book is that doctors make everything better when you get hurt or sick. I know how much I hated going to the doctor when I was a little, and I know it would have taken more than a cute book to make me less anxious about heading off to the clinic without a fight, but The Get Well Soon Book by Kes Gray and Mary McQuillan might have made me feel a little better about my situation. These pages are filled with different animals who have suffered injuries of some sort or another - a mole who burrowed right into a brick wall, a dragon who burned herself with a sneeze, a turtle who got stepped on by an elephant, a hamster who got his whiskers caught in his wheel, etc. None of them look very happy, which is perfectly understandable. After a trip to the doctor, though, they're all frolicking around in no time, their pain or sickness gone and forgotten. The Get Well Soon Book is a short book, but any child should get a kick out of the wonderful illustrations - and it just might help a sick or injured child feel a little better for awhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 5, 2001
Format: Library Binding
Get Well Soon Book is absolutely hilarious, sparkling and original, and zany. Any who have bemoaned illness - including adults - will find this a jolly title which has a very simple message: there's always someone worse off. Harry the hamster gets his whiskers caught in his wheel, Danny the Dalmatian breaks out in stripes, and Delia the Dragon sneezes and catches herself on fire in this very simple yet heartwarming picturebook.
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