With hilarious text and goofy, zippy artwork, this is the funniest sick day ever. Sadie wakes up feeling strange and suddenly becomes a frisky little leopard cub. Neither the pediatrician nor the veterinarian knows what to do, and the zoo is out of the question. Finally Mama figures out the cure, which includes chicken soup, interesting programs on the nature channel, and some all-important TLC!
“Leopardpox!” shouts Mama when her little girl becomes a frisky leopard cub. Now what? Mama and Sadie’s three brothers take Sadie to the doctor, who says, “I’m not a doctor for leopards.” Then they try the vet, who says, “If this is a leopard cub, it’s a healthy leopard, but if this is a little girl, then she is very ill.” The zoo would be happy to keep her, but no one likes the idea of leaving her behind. No, decides Mama, they’ll take care of her at home, where rest and kindness work wonders. Explosively funny, slightly retro-looking illustrations accompany the laugh-aloud text, which takes a sly dig at the medical establishment while affirming the power of comfort from Mama. And—who knew?—leopardpox may just be contagious!
"Throughout, Hoffman's cartoonish, mixed-media art is both expressive and descriptive of the family's travails, and it infuses the book with humor."
"In this quirky tale, a mother's love proves to be the perfect cure."
—School Library Journal
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