Bound To Stay Bound

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 Pig in the palace
 Author: Bahrampour, Ali

 Publisher:  Abrams Books for Young Readers (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 079190 ISBN: 9781419745713
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Etiquette -- Fiction
 Human behavior -- Fiction
 Wild boars -- Fiction
 Kings and rulers -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $22.58

Bobo, a flea-infested wild boar, is surprised and intimidated to receive an invitation to dine with the new queen, but after making several disastrous mistakes, he finds a kindred spirit.

 Illustrator: Bahrampour, Ali
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 508220

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/20)
   School Library Journal (10/01/20)
 The Hornbook (00/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2020 PreS-Gr 1—This entertaining story about a misfit boar named Bobo will delight readers of all ages. Bobo is covered in fleas and living on his own in the woods when he receives a surprise invitation to attend a dinner with the new queen at the royal palace. After being chauffeured to the giant royal home, Bobo wreaks havoc in numerous ways: He bumps into the royal staff, knocks over vases, spills food, and generally makes a mess everywhere he goes. Bobo is eventually told to get out, but he doesn't want to leave without dining first. A surprise ending involving a squealing queen, also a boar, helps readers understand why Bobo was invited to the palace in the first place. In the end, this tale is about the triumph of fun over fussiness. Bahrampour's bright watercolor illustrations are cartoonish, featuring mostly white characters, and filled with amusing details. In one set of pictures, Bobo uses his teeth to pull a loose thread from a man's jacket, wrapping the thread around columns, and completely unraveling the coat until the man is standing there with no top on. Other illustrations clearly convey the characters' emotions, including the disdain the royal staff feels towards Bobo at first, and the joy they feel at the end as they watch Bobo and the queen head off into the forest. VERDICT This adorable, playful story is recommended for purchase.—Melanie Kletter, School Library Journal - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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