A stomachache, a fever, and chills keep Katie at home in bed until she gets over the flu. Her parents take care of her and her friends, JoJo and Pedro, check in on her by calling on the phone. In time, Katie is feeling better and is ready to go back to school. Like Katie, some readers may need support to understand the word play in the story. Color illustrations provide some support to the story. Katie seems to be stereotyped with her round frame glasses which she wears even when she's sleeping. The author and illustrator have an outsider's view of a Chinese American girl's adventures. There is a weak attempt to bring multicultural characters together in the story without a clear purpose. At the back of the book, readers will find a glossary with a pronunciation guide, discussion questions, writing prompts, and an activity to make a snack called Bugs on a Log. The publisher's website has additional activities available. This book is just one of the adventures from the "Katie Woo" series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo — she's Fran's great-niece — but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.
Tammie Lyon began her love for drawing at a young age while sitting at the kitchen table with her dad. She continued her love of art and eventually attended The Columbus College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. After a brief career as a professional ballet dancer, she decided to devote herself full time to illustration. Today she lives with her husband, Lee, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dogs, Gus and Dudley, keep her company as she works in her studio.