Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Adamson, Ged

 Publisher:  Harper (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 041929 ISBN: 9780062670823
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Imaginary playmates -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Moving -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Maude moves to a new town and everything feels ... okay. Things would feel just right if only she had a friend. So, Maude draws a blue puppy and names him Scribbly. He plays catch, takes naps, but most importantly, Scribbly teaches Maude the importance of staying true to herself and gives her the courage to meet new friends--both human and four-legged.

   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/21)
   School Library Journal (05/01/21)
   Booklist (06/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/21)
 The Hornbook (00/09/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2021 K-Gr 2—After moving to a new home in the city with her mother, a creative young girl draws a simple, life-sized dog named "Scribbly" to become her imaginary friend. Feeling lonely and awkward about making new friends, Maude relies more and more on Scribbly's company, even at a neighbor's birthday party. Between the playful scenes, there is a delicate lesson about building self-worth to be found in Maude's inability to let the idea of Scribbly go. Maude's newfound friends kindly accept Scribbly as a reassuring presence for Maude, but Maude's mother gently teaches her daughter that Scribbly merely reflects the very best of what Maude already possesses and to believe in her own worth and talents, as her new friends already do. True to the sweet nature of the story and "doodle-happy" aspects of Maude's joyful, if sometimes timid, personality, Adamson's pencil and watercolor illustrations express sketch-like qualities and easy, flowing angles in the figures. Thinly outlined features and uncluttered scenes allow elementary readers' eyes to center on Maude's relationships and interactions. VERDICT A generous reminder of the values of understanding, self-confidence, and support for what others personally need as a comfort during trying times.—Rachel Mulligan, Westampton, NJ - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 06/01/2021 When Maude and her mother move to a new town, they enjoy its amazing sights and activities, but something is missing. Longing for a companion, Maude draws a picture of a smiling blue dog. And Scribbly, “the bestest friend anyone could ask for,” comes to life. She plays with him every day, enjoying his company. Invited to a neighbor child’s birthday party, Maude feels nervous, but with Scribbly beside her, she quickly makes new friends. And when Mom takes her to an animal shelter to choose a dog, no one is more excited than Scribbly. That night, both dogs curl up on Maude’s bed to sleep, and she sums up her happiness: “scribbnificent!” While a number of picture books involve children’s imaginary friends, resourceful Maude knows what she needs and creates the perfect companion for herself. The double-page spread showcasing her realistically childlike drawing of Scribbly is a standout. Working with pencil and watercolors, Adamson offers appealing scenes that work seamlessly with the precisely worded text to reveal the characters’ emotions. A sunny, satisfying picture book. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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