Bound To Stay Bound

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 Goodnight, Butterfly
 Author: Burach, Ross

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press (2022)

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

 BTSB No: 171873 ISBN: 9781338615012
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Butterflies -- Fiction
 Porcupines -- Fiction
 Nocturnal animals -- Fiction
 Sleep -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $22.58

Butterfly wakes up while Porcupine is having breakfast, and Porcupine tries to explain what it means to be nocturnal and Butterfly considers the advantages of a nighttime life while trying to get back to sleep.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 514790

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/22)
   School Library Journal (07/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2022 PreS-Gr 2—Awakened in the middle of the night, a hyperactive butterfly, aided by an eternally patient porcupine, launches a series of increasingly silly attempts to get back to sleep. Burach's mannered humor, stuffed with postmodern gags, winking references, and slapstick action beats, seem to be aimed at adults. The stylized illustrations, made with pencil, crayon, acrylic paint, and digital coloring, recall a self-consciously zany comic strip—an effect magnified by the choice to eschew narration entirely in favor of snappy back-and-forth dialogue in colored speech bubbles. The brief allusions to the phenomenon of nocturnality shoehorned in along the way contribute little to the atmosphere, as they are too slight to be informative and too dry to be funny. Unlike the antic pacing found in a Mo Willems's book, which creates a narrative arc and leads to a conclusion, this is frenetic without focus. VERDICT The irreverent humor and wacky visual aesthetic, while amusing enough, may fly over the heads of children.—Jonah Dragan - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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