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Series: NYRB Kids
ISBN: 9781681372280
Pages: 40
Publication Date: March 20, 2018

I Wish I Was Sick, Too!

by Franz Brandenberg, illustrated by Aliki

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Edward is sick and Elizabeth is well, and nothing could be more unfair! Edward gets to stay in bed and everyone treats him like a prince. Elizabeth has to get out of bed, get dressed, go to school, then come home and do chores, finish her homework, and practice the piano. “I wish I was sick too!” Elizabeth complains, and soon, to her dawning dismay, her wish is granted. Jealousy and kindness, fairness and responsibility, the passionate complaints and pleasures of childhood are well represented here by a close-knit and surprisingly intellectual cat family, drawn with good humor and sympathy by the illustrator-author couple, Aliki and Franz Brandenberg. The perfect book to read when you’re sick, or when you’re well and wish you were sick, too.

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Aliki’s lively pictures turn a routine set-up into just what the doctor ordered.
School Library Journal

I Wish I Was Sick Too! is a simple tale told beautifully...Sick lit is not confined to adult nonfiction, and this is one of my favourite children’s picture books about illness, along with Ludwig Bemelmans’s Madeline and Shel Silverstein’s Every Thing On It.
The Times (UK)

This one is bound to be a favorite among the very young.
Children’s Book Review Service

A common experience, told in simple text, is delightfully pictured.
The Horn Book Magazine

Human families with their own Edwards and Elizabeths will enjoy the characterization.
Kirkus Reviews