Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Desimini, Lisa

 Publisher:  Boyds Mills Press (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [31] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 275146 ISBN: 9781629793030
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Fleas -- Fiction
 Acrobats -- Fiction
 Circus -- Fiction

Price: $20.86

The tale of a flea named Serafleana who dreams of having her own act in the traveling acrobatic show the Fleatastics.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 189763

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/17)
   School Library Journal (02/01/17)
   Booklist (02/15/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—Snoozer is a sleepy dog at the center of a lot of activity. On him live a community of fleas, including ball rollers, trapeze artists, and tightrope walkers. Sarafleana and her siblings audition for and join The Fleatastics, a famous acrobat troupe. Sarafleana has more of a solo act in mind; tired of being scolded for amazing jumping skills, she's ready to put them to use. One day, during a performance, the dreaded T-word ("TREAT") is muttered, and it is Sarafleana's jumping abilities that save the day when an overexcited Snoozer threatens to disrupt the event. This story is simple, pleasant, and suited for young children. The major issue is the use of many tiny asides and dialogue balloons, which muddle up the bold illustrations. The busy and crowded pages make this title difficult to read aloud. VERDICT A solid purchase for large libraries, best shared one-on-one.—Shana Morales, Windsor Public Library, CT - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/15/2017 “Sarafleana was a born jumper. The older she got, the more she jumped.” Although her one-of-a-kind talent is fantastic, Sarafleana often gets in trouble for jumping when she’s supposed to be doing anything else. When her family auditions for The Fleatastics, a famous acrobatic troupe, Sarafleana is determined to show off her amazing ability. Desimini’s frolicking microscopic world of fleas is a realm within a realm—Sarafleana and her family all live on an old dog named Snoozer, who is napping at a dog park, and their traveling circus takes them from dog to dog. Amid the plot about perseverance, Desimini sprinkles in the flea family’s running commentaries, which range from scoldings, complaints, and random comments to dog facts, riddles, and knock-knock jokes. But when the dog they’re performing on gets curious about all the itchy activity going on, it’s up to Sarafleana and her amazing ability to save the day. The engaging, brightly colored scenes filled with comical asides should be a great storytime read for high-energy kids. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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