Children’s Corner: When You’re Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles

Posted January 17, 2017 by Lillian in Children's Corner, Features / 0 Comments

Happy New Year fellow moms and teachers! Can you believe that it is now 2017?! Me either 😀 We finished off 2016 with a bang. Little man enjoyed his gifts from Santa, especially his books which made this bookworm happy. He went back to school last week and I’ve been missing him. I enjoyed having him home for a few weeks and now the house feels too quiet. We did crafts, we played games, and we built with Lego castles…specifically a haunted mansion and Ninjago city.

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We are entering the time of cold season in our area. Flu, stomach bug, strep, all of it as we head into the winter months seems to hit hard. For me, I hate seeing little man sick. He’s pitiful and I know he’s sick when he doesn’t want to play. Worst of all, whenever he runs a fever, he’s sick to his stomach. We’ve yet to have a fever that didn’t include throw up 🙁 While being sick is no fun, Coy Bowles‘s new book When You’re Feeling Sick is a fun read that will get the kids giggling even when they don’t feel well.

I received this book via the publisher, Doubleday Books for Young Readers. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Children’s Corner: When You’re Feeling Sick by Coy BowlesWhen You're Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles
Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers on 2017-01-10
Length: 32 pages
Reviewing ARC Rating:

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.

What parent doesn’t want something to make their littles feel better on sick days? I know I try everything from renting movies to reading little man’s favorite books in funny voices. When You’re Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles is a new picture book that promises to have the kids “laughing out loud.” Unfortunately for me, it fell a little flat.

The Good:

The illustrations are wonderful! There is a diverse cast of kids which I think is great. I have found that picture books tend to not be so diverse, but every color is represented so kids should be able to find someone to relate to easily. I also liked the cooties/germs that are found in the book. There are plenty with funny faces sure to make the younger kids giggle. Plus I loved a few of the other illustrations that conveyed fever hallucinations (dog frogs and purple elephants among them).

I also liked how healthcare providers are portrayed. It made this nurse smile to be referred to as the “sweetest people in the whole universe.”

The Not-so-Good:

The rhyming was awkward. For the most part, each paragraph rhymes and reminds me a little of some of Dr. Seuss’s work. But then you have the odd sentence that doesn’t rhyme and that stilts the flow of the story. The wording is a bit bulky for young readers too with some paragraphs not making sense or just too wordy. I found myself rereading certain sections to be sure I didn’t miss a word that would rhyme, but that wasn’t the case.

Overall, it’s an okay story with a great premise, however the prose needs some work. Billed for ages 3-7, I found my 6 year old uninterested. I believe the younger readers will enjoy it more, specifically the silly illustrations.

About Coy Bowles

Coy Bowles is the guitarist and organist for the multi-platinum-selling, three-time Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band. Visit him at

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