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Nana’s Nook – When You’re Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles

When You’re Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles

Doubleday Books for Young Readers (January 10, 2017)
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399552861

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.

Nana’s Thoughts
What better time to review a book about feeling sick than when you are actually dealing with a bug yourself. I have been coughing for days and this book made me smile.

I loved the text, wonderful rhythm and rhymes, what I would expect from a musician, 🙂 A couple of pages did lose the rhythm to add some crazy goofy words and sentences, but I think the children may enjoy these pages best because the are crazy and goofy. The wording is appropriate for the targeted age. The older ones could probably read it themselves but if they are not feeling well they will enjoy you reading it to them. Silly verses that children will love. Even a song to sing when you want “sickness” to go away.

The illustrations by Andy Elkerton are bright and and so colorful. The monsters/bugs/viruses are just the right amount of funny/scary. The doctors and nurses are smiling and friendly. The kids are cute and lovable even when they are feeling sick. I am happy to see a diverse cast, even a child in a wheelchair.

This is the kind of book that will be read again and again. I can hear children asking to have it read to them whenever they are feeling ill. Soon they will know the words and recite them right along with the reader. A great message for both boys and girls. I do think the upper range of the target area may not enjoy it time and time again as much as the younger ones.

A funny book to lift a child spirits when they are feeling sick. I will be checking out Coy’s other books too!

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About the Author

COY BOWLES plays guitar and organ and writes songs for the multi-platinum 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

ANDY ELKERTON began his career as a graphic designer for video games, when the industry was still in its infancy, and after fourteen years decided to try his hand at being a children’s book illustrator. Since 2002 he has produced work for picture books, advertising, and toy design. He lives in a small town on the west coast of Scotland with his wife and three children.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”