Bound To Stay Bound

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 New in town
 Author: Cornell, Kevin

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 244069 ISBN: 9780374306090
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Bridges -- Fiction
 Swindlers and swindling -- Fiction
 Community life -- Fiction

Price: $22.78

One fine morning, the people of Puddletrunk wake up to find their bridge has collapsed. Luckily, the people of Puddletrunk have a bridge-building expert in their town: the fabulous Mortimer Gulch, who will gladly rebuild their bridge for a pretty penny. But a newcomer to Puddletrunk does not want to pay for the repairs. To make matters worse, this unusual foreigner has some innovative ideas that threaten to upend Mortimer Gulch's entire business.

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/01/21)
   School Library Journal (12/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/11/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 K-Gr 2—The people of Puddletrunk are being swindled out of their money and jewels by a shady resident named Mortimer Gulch. Speaking as an expert in bridge-building, Gulch convinces them termites have destroyed their beloved bridge for the 273rd time. When a traveling clock repairman offers free work on the clock tower in exchange for his share of the donation for the repair of the bridge, Mortimer lets slip his "toothy" true identity. By morning, a secure and cost efficient bridge is built, and the people of Puddletrunk can celebrate the real hero in town. Cornell's (Go to Sleep, Monster) illustrations contain fantastical teetering structures set atop a tall cliff, and whimsical characters who have adapted to living in isolation surrounded by the clouds in the sky. VERDICT This will capture young readers' hearts and imaginations with its messages of open-mindedness and creativity when it comes to inviting new ideas and people into one's life.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake P. L., Alta. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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