“A cleverly funny animal tale with giggleworthy illustrations.” Kirkus Reviews 

A creature’s surprise birthday party goes awry when all of the guests get the flu in this rhyming picture book debut.

Lion is sad and lonely on his birthday. But then his friends arrive with flowers, presents, and balloons—and the revels begin. Unfortunately, Hippo starts sneezing. Soon, Hippo, Gorilla, Rhino, and Polar Bear have all come down with the flu, and poor Lion is left running to get them tea, tissues, soup, and “goo” for chests. All that work is too much: “ ‘I want my mommy!’ Lion roared. / They all whined, ‘We do too!’” But they start mending, and soon Lion’s friends are feeling great—and taking care of the big cat, who’s finally caught the flu. Michaels’ rhyme scheme flows beautifully throughout,….. The cartoon images by debut illustrator Hernandez are a comical delight,…..-Kirkus Reviews 

“As a parent of 5 mostly grown kids, I wish I’d had this fun book to read to them when they were younger, to help them understand that getting sick from time to time is normal and that they’re going to feel better soon.”-James Cameron, writer, director, and producer of AVATAR, Titanic, Terminator, and Aliens to name a few.

“A fun romp that will make readers giggle. Any parent or educator will appreciate the lighthearted but important lesson in this story. An especially timely selection as students return to school!” – Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Author of many children’s books including, Chicks Run Wild, Chicks Rule and Orangutangled!

“In Andie Michaels’ ACHOO! ACHOO! I’ve Got the Flu, Lion’s birthday party turns his house into an infirmary for his animal friends as one by one they share their flu germs along with party balloons and birthday cake. The author’s bouncy rhythm and impeccable rhymes make for great reading aloud as well as a soft warning about not sharing your germs with your friends!” – Dori Chaconas, Author of many children’s books including, Don’t Slam the Door!, One Little Mouse and the Cork and Fuzz series.

“The author is a fantastic story teller! This book conveys a strong message of compassion for all and does it in a way that is relatable and creative for all ages. We have distributed the book to patients and families and the feedback is wonderful. Highly recommend this book.” – CHOC Children’s Hospital


  • Best picture-book manuscript, Southern California,  Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, agents day conference, Oct 2017.

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