Bound To Stay Bound

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 Rat and Roach rock on!
 Author: Covell, David


 Publisher:  Viking
 Pub Year: 2013

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 25 cm.

 BTSB No: 245448 ISBN: 9780670014101
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Subjects:
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Stage fright -- Fiction
 Bands (Music) -- Fiction
 Rats -- Fiction
 Cockroaches -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
Rat helps his best friend, Roach, overcome a case of stage fright when their junkyard band plays at the Big City Jam.


Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (-) (01/15/13)
   School Library Journal (02/01/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2013 K-Gr 1—In this sequel to Rat and Roach Friends to the End (Viking, 2012), Covell demonstrates the value of compromise. The junkyard band successfully overrules Roach's proposed pink-and-green-starred costumes since the clothes don't mesh with their urban style. At the Big City Jam, Roach gets stage fright: "I can't sing! My sparkle's gone." Good friend Rat's solution is to bring back the Elvis-style attire, boosting Roach's confidence and resulting in a rousing success for the group. Using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Covell also claims to employ "assorted smudges and scraps from Dumpster dives." He maintains minimal compositions in the textured, earth-toned backgrounds and compelling details like a tuna-can drum set. The cat audience with glowing green eyes and Rat's offer of "trashy treats" like a mushy banana or a pair of lucky underwear keep the humor going.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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