Bound To Stay Bound

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 Santa's gotta go!
 Author: Barnes, Derrick

 Publisher:  Nancy Paulsen (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 091551 ISBN: 9780593530436
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Santa Claus -- Fiction
 Hospitality -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

When Santa stays with the Mack family while he waits for his sleigh to be repaired, they discover that he isn't the best houseguest.

 Illustrator: Lovett, Courtney

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (09/01/23)
 The Hornbook (00/11/23)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2023 PreS-Gr 3—After seeing a story on TV about a family hanging out with Santa Claus, the Mack family decides that they want to get Santa to stay at their house for a while. Their wish is granted when Santa's sleigh breaks down, and he has to wait three days for a replacement part to arrive. But hosting Santa is not the fun the family thought it would be: Santa eats all the food, makes noise late into the night playing music with guys from the neighborhood, and takes Mr. Mack's motorcycle out for a drive without asking. When Santa accidentally stomps on Mabel's new tablet, she "balled up her fists, scrunched her up her nose, and shouted: ‘Santa's Gotta Go!!!'" Fed up, the Macks spend Santa's last night at a hotel and are surprised by what they find when they return home. This contemporary, creative story portrays a Black Santa Claus who works out, sports tattoos, and only has a slight belly. Children will delight in many modern elements of the story, such as Santa ordering a part for his sleigh online using a laptop. Crisp illustrations transport readers into the comfortable and loving home of a young Black family and clearly convey the family's emotions on their faces: exhaustion, annoyance, anger, surprise, and more. VERDICT Children will love seeing an easily relatable Santa Claus and family. Pair this fun story with Billy Sharff's When Santa Came to Stay.—Florence Simmons - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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