Bound To Stay Bound

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School Library Journal - 10/01/2016 PreS—A menagerie of animals prepare for bed while the narrator asks readers, "What do you do to get ready for bed?" The text transitions from rhyming questions, enumerating some of the common rituals in preparing for bed, to the query, "What do other sleepyheads do when their busy day is through?" A countdown begins as "ten terribly tired tigers tiptoe to their beds" and "seven slightly stinky skunks somersault into their bunks." With wonderfully alliterative sentences and rich vocabulary for each of the creatures from 10 to one, the narrative ends by assuring readers that what other sleepyheads do is "fall fast asleep, just like you." The illustrations, done in pastel, have an impressionistic, dreamlike quality, with jewel-tone backgrounds that are perfectly suited for this bedtime book. VERDICT Rhyme, alliteration, and cozy images make this excellent selection ideal for read-alouds.—Ramarie Beaver, Plano Public Library System, TX - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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