January 16, 2017

When You're Feeling Sick Tour: Review

When You're Feeling Sick
Author: Coy Bowles
Illustrator: Andy Elkerton
Genre: Children's Fiction/Picture Book
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
32 pages


This laugh-out-loud picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist for the Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band, will have sick kids feeling better in no time!

Sneezing? Coughing? Taking a sick day? Don't worry, you ll be feeling better soon thanks to this hilarious picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist of the Grammy Award winning Zac Brown Band. Full of encouraging and super-silly rhyming advice on how to face sick days with courage and a positive attitude, When You re Feeling Sick is just what the doctor ordered! Comes with a sheet of stickers to bring a smile to every sick kid s face.

When You're Feeling Sick is a picture book geared towards young children who are feeling sick. There are bright full-page illustrations throughout the entirety of the book and they match up great to what's happening in the story. The pictures are well done with tons of color and fun images that young kids are sure to love. The story itself is written in a rhyme scheme, but the cadence didn't work for me. It didn't have a good flow and felt forced much of the time. I think a solid rhythm is key for most picture books in order to keep younger kids entertained, and this story didn't have that. Another thing that bugged me was the overall lack of a story line. It was more like random things mashed together and didn't have much coherence at all. Honestly, the only thing I really enjoyed about this book were the fantastic illustrations. This is just my opinion, and I'm sure other readers will find this book much more entertaining. Good for little kids and for young children learning how to read.
COY BOWLES plays guitar and organ and writes songs for the multiplatinum Zac Brown Band. They have won three Grammys and since 2009, have earned 55 award nominations from the Grammys, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, and Country Music Television. Born in Thomaston, Georgia, Coy was raised on love, support, and the idea that he could do anything he put his heart and soul into. After earning a degree from Georgia State University’s Jazz Studies program, Coy formed the band Coy Bowles and the Fellowship. In 2006, they opened for the Zac Brown Band, and soon after Zac asked Coy to join his band full time. Coy’s first book, the self-published Amy Giggles: Laugh Out Loud, teaches kids to accept themselves as they are. Visit Coy at http://coybowles.com/.


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