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What a Cold Needs

Barbara Bottner, Chris Sheban (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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A girl learns that a cold needs a LOT of things, as she waits for a bad case of the sniffles to run its course.

What does a cold need? It needs a comfy bed by a window, warm socks, Grandma's chicken soup, and plenty of Dad's silly jokes. Sometimes, a cold just needs a little time.

In this warmly written and quietly humorous picture book about a girl sporting a red nose that just won't seem to go away while she waits for a bad case of the sniffles to run its course, she and her family learn an important lesson--a cold needs what a cold needs.

Praise For What a Cold Needs

"Soft graphite lines and even softer washed-out colors create illustrations that are as calm and comforting as warm chicken soup. With two dozen or fewer words per page, the story makes a good bedside read-aloud or read-alone. . . . A comforting book to share with a child experiencing the disagreeableness of a first cold."—School Library Journal

"Follow along as a young child copes with a cold and makes note of everything important to feel better. . . . Kids will find comfort in the familiar 'needs' of the cold and knowing that they will get better soon to 'run around and cause just a little trouble' once again."Kirkus Reviews

"Your child has a cold? Well, along with the chicken soup, they might welcome this book. . . . The endearing art captures the aggravation that comes along with being sick, including an overflowing basket of tissues, but also some of the perks, including an affectionate little spotted dog, who is a reminder of all the fun to be had that's waiting just outside. Get a couple of copies for library shelves—colds abound!" Booklist

Neal Porter Books, 9780823441723, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 12, 2019

About the Author

Barbara Bottner is a screenwriter, actor, lyricist, and author of more than forty children's books. She has collaborated with illustrator Michael Emberly on multiple titles, including the New York Times bestseller Miss Brooks Loves Books, its companion Miss Brooks' Story Nook, Priscilla Gorilla, and more. Also the author of Wallace's Lists, Bootsie Barker Bites, and many more, her work is frequently translated, animated, and selected for "best of" lists.

Chris Sheban is a graphic designer and illustrator who has been awarded three gold and three silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York. He has illustrated many picture books including Ellen Yeomans' The Other Ducks, Patricia MacLachlan's Someone Like Me, and Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman. He lives in Chicago and catches a lot of colds.