Bound To Stay Bound

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 Nobody hugs a cactus
 Author: Goodrich, Carter

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 386097 ISBN: 9781534400900
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Cactus -- Fiction
 Mood (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Tumbleweeds -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Hugging -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Hank, a cactus who is as prickly on the inside as he is on the outside, decides he wants a hug.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 502032

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/19)
   Booklist (07/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 07/01/2019 One look at the prickly, anger-flushed fellow scowling from the book’s cover is enough to understand why Hank (a cactus) and hugs don’t get along. He enjoys a solitary life in the windowsill of a desert hut, where he can survey the surrounding Southwestern vistas, beautifully painted by Goodrich in watercolors that capture the golden sands and sky fluctuating between peach-strawberry sunsets and crisp blue afternoons. One day, Hank’s peace and quiet is repeatedly interrupted (to his mounting frustration) by a variety of passers-by—cheerful Rosie the tumbleweed, a turtle, a jackrabbit, a coyote. But it’s not until a cowboy strolls past the now-fuming Hank and declares, “Seems to me, somebody needs a hug. Too bad nobody hugs a cactus” that Hank begins to question his grumpy attitude. When Rosie does Hank a favor the next time she bounces by, his grinchy heart blossoms with gratefulness, and . . . is that a hug on the horizon? Goodrich (We Forgot Brock!, 2015) delivers a funny story underscored by themes of friendship and kindness. An excellent storytime pick. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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