Bound To Stay Bound

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 First cat in space and the soup of doom (First Cat In Space)
 Author: Barnett, Mac

 Publisher:  HarperAlley (2023)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 266 p., col. ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 091697 ISBN: 9780063084117
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Cats -- Fiction
 Queens -- Fiction
 Graphic novels
 Humorous fiction

Price: $21.88

The Moon Queen has been poisoned--by SOUP. And with few she can trust in her own court, she and First Cat will have to journey alone to find the antidote in time. If only Loz4000 were still with them. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Harris, Shawn
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 521916

   Kirkus Reviews (08/15/23)
   School Library Journal (08/01/23)
   Booklist (09/01/23)
 The Hornbook (00/11/23)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2023 Gr 3–5—A failed set of assassination attempts on the Moon Queen—first by serving her poisoned soup, then by a knife attack carried out by an assassin disguised as a chef—send her and her close friend First Cat on a mission to find an antidote and determine who was behind it all. After an unsuccessful attempt to reconnect with their long-missing friend LOZ 4000, the toenail clipping robot, Moon Queen and First Cat pay a visit to a wizard who reveals the Moon Queen only has 24 hours from the time she tasted the soup to find the antidote before the poison turns her to glass. With 19 hours remaining, Moon Queen and First Cat set out to obtain the antidote, and chaos ensues. In a return to form for this sequel, now entirely set on the moon, many of the features of book one are present once again: artwork that has a simple but sophisticated style in its textured, retro-hued pastel chalk appearance with heavy black line work, variable and angular panels that denote action, footnotes that provide links to real world recordings of music referenced in the story, self-referential jokes that break the fourth wall, and humorously absurd plot twists and red herrings to keep readers on their toes. VERDICT Though not as strong a showing as the first book in terms of laugh-out-loud moments, this sequel still has much to enjoy, and fans will be thrilled to see their favorite characters back in action.—Alea Perez - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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