Bound To Stay Bound

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 Cranky Chicken (Cranky Chicken)
 Author: Battersby, Katherine

 Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 103 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 096422 ISBN: 9781534469884
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Chickens -- Fiction
 Worms -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Mood (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $19.08

Cranky Chicken inadvertently saves the life of Speedy, a very optimistic worm that is looking for a friend. In graphic novel format.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 514543

   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/21)
   School Library Journal (11/19/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/21)

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School Library Journal - 11/19/2021 K-Gr 2—The aptly named Cranky Chicken is grouchy about everything. When she meets Speedy, a spunky worm, the two spark up an unlikely friendship and eventually become BFFs (best feathered friends). Chicken and Speedy learn what it means to be friends and have adventures, and between each chapter section are pun-laden comic panels. The vocabulary is accessible for early readers, although emerging readers may struggle with the hand lettering. The warm pastel coloring and large, full-color, full-page comics, drawn appealingly to look as though they were rendered by a child, are sure to appeal to the intended age range. Themes of friendship and overcoming fears, with a dose of humor, will be relatable. VERDICT This early reader graphic novel about two unlikely friends will likely be a hit with fans of friendship stories; it's also a good introduction to graphic novel reading.—Ellen Conlin, Naperville P. L., IL - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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