Bound To Stay Bound

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 Family business
 Author: Appelhans, Lenore

 Publisher:  Harper (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [35] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 064656 ISBN: 9780062898869
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Raccoons -- Fiction
 Families -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Theft -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

A young raccoon sets out to forge his own path when he finds out the famous family business is stealing garbage and stealing fruit from a local farmer.

 Illustrator: Lamug, Kenneth Kit

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (07/15/22)
   School Library Journal (06/01/22)

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School Library Journal - 06/01/2022 PreS-Gr 2—Lucky is the youngest raccoon in his family of six and he longs for the day he'll be big enough to help in the "family business," which is simply finding their next meal. While his family searches for food, Lucky stays home and watches TV. His special show is "Everyone Loves Dancing!" and he gets to let loose and practice his steps. The day he's finally big enough, Lucky joins the others in the hunt for edibles but soon discovers that he doesn't enjoy it. His parents and three brothers dive into dumpsters, gather refuse from garbage cans, and remove rancid fruit from an orchard. Everywhere they go, the family leaves a mess behind and is run off by angry, shouting humans giving Lucky "a giant stomachache." One day when he's supposed to be looking for food, he happens to peer into an open window, sees his favorite show on TV, and can't help but try out a few of his choice dance moves which are caught on video. After that, it's win-win. A lively telling is accompanied by colorful pictures created in digital pen and ink; these are filled with funny details of the energetic raccoon family. VERDICT For larger collections. Kids will get a kick out of the awful food the family eats and the satisfying solution to Lucky's problem.—Maryann H. Owen - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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