My Cold Went On Vacation

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Colds travel from person to person, so one little boy imagines all the places his cold might visit after it leaves him. This little cold germ rides the school bus, climbs mountains, sails across the ocean, and visits every continent before it reaches its final destination- right across the hall in his sister's room.

Nora Krug's bright, bold artwork makes for a very colorful travelogue, and Molly Rausch's funny story of a global expedition also...

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Overview


Colds travel from person to person, so one little boy imagines all the places his cold might visit after it leaves him. This little cold germ rides the school bus, climbs mountains, sails across the ocean, and visits every continent before it reaches its final destination- right across the hall in his sister's room.

Nora Krug's bright, bold artwork makes for a very colorful travelogue, and Molly Rausch's funny story of a global expedition also celebrates imaginative thinking.

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Publishers Weekly
These debuting collaborators turn a thoroughly common experience--catching a cold--into an idiosyncratic meditation about a germ on the move. Rausch opens with a boy's play-by-play of his cold ("On Thursday, my throat was hurting"), but after he gets better, the boy wonders where his cold might have gone. A cross between the work of Maira Kalman and Roz Chast, Krug's quirky, electric-hued pictures combine folk art and cartoon sensibilities. The latter surfaces in her portrayal of the cold, a mucus-green, egg-shaped figure with a red Pinocchiolike nose and pink eyes. After the boy reminisces about the cold's earlier visits to relatives across the country (his grandmother in Vegas "gave it lots of orange juice and took it out with her to play poker"), his imagination sends the cold on an international tour ("Is it climbing mountains in the Alps? Or backpacking through Peru?"), causing discomfort to humans as well as animals. A whale sneezes the germ out of its blowhole, and the cold soon comes full circle, catching up with the boy's sister. Odd subject matter, but Krug's artwork makes for a visually arresting journey. Ages 3–5. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—People often say their cold is gone now, but where did it go? Where was it before it arrived? Look no further for answers. In this lighthearted, absurdist look at the common ailment, a boy becomes sick. Readers can see the cold through the kitchen window as it arrives with suitcase in tow (colds are greenish blobs with long red noses, in case you wondered). It lurks for a few days, then disappears. The boy reflects on its past travels and wonders where it is going next. Last year it visited his aunt in Iowa. She fed it chicken soup and kept it in bed with a book. His grandmother in Las Vegas gave hers lots of orange juice and took it out with her to play poker. Perhaps now the cold is backpacking through Peru, sporting a jaunty chullo, or flying over the Sahara in a propeller plane. Maybe it is just stuck at the airport. Bold, whimsical art neatly complements the text, adding fantastical details and additional humor. Red, dripping noses abound as the cold travels the globe seeing new people and places. A perfect choice for readers with the sniffles and those who enjoy their stories with a twist.—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews
In this whimsical account of enduring a cold, a boy begins by describing his symptoms, from runny nose and sore throat through fever. Vibrant digitally enhanced ink illustrations portray the boy as he goes through the stages of being sick and, along with the text, venture into the world of imagination when the boy recovers and thinks about where his cold might have gone. He recalls colds past, envisioning the bug as an anthropomorphic, green, red-nosed creature who visits people he knows, and wonders if his cold is traveling the world, visiting places such as Canada, the Alps and Peru. The colorful pictures show each area with basic, identifiable details and present people of various races and cultures throughout the world, while the playful story's gentle humor will engage and entertain. It turns out the cold hasn't traveled that far though; the boy realizes it's traveled across the hall—to his sister's room. Quirky and unusual, with a touch of multiculturalism, this may be just the right book to entertain a child who is feeling ill. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399254741
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/20/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author


Molly Rausch lives in New Paltz, New York. This is her first children's book.

Nora Krug received a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. Her illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and Vanity Fair. She is an Associate Professor for Illustration at Parsons the New School for Design, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2010

    great topic for children;creates understanding with lots of imagination

    enjoyable story and colorful images; sure to be enjoyed

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