Emily and Eugene need to cheer up their friend Carruthers. Carruthers is sick, sneezing, and miserable — he sure is one hard-to-please patient! When hot tea, throat lozenges, card games, and warm blankets don’t help, Eugene spins a yarn that is just the cure for cranky Carruthers.
About the Author
James Marshall (1942–1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children’s books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master’s degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life’s work as one of the finest creators of children’s books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.
“Will send the third through fifth grade set into fits of giggles.” Boston Globe
“A restorative tonic for the grumpiest bear.” Kirkus Reviews
“Marshall’s straightforward and straight-faced narrations of absurdities make his stories as hilarious as his incomparable illustrations.” Publishers Weekly
“A choice read-aloud for younger children, classroom audiences, or bedtime listeners.” Booklist, ALA, Starred Review