Bound To Stay Bound

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 Book of not entirely useful advice
 Author: Harrold, A. F.

 Publisher:  Bloomsbury Children's Books (2021)

 Dewey: 811
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 121 p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 422731 ISBN: 9781547606771
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Children's poetry
 Humorous poetry
 Nonsense verses

Price: $23.98

Packed with silly rhymes and witty wordplay, A.F. Harrold's poetry is positively bursting with fun--and advice. But it's not always the most useful.

 Illustrator: Grey, Mini

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/21)
 The Hornbook (04/15/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2021 *Starred Review* In this generous poetry collection, previously published in the UK, Harrold offers rhymed and free-verse warnings to, for instance, avoid tigers lurking under your toast, ducks in your soup (Why? “I sip the soupy stuff . . . / which tastes like the underside / of a swimming duck”), and the “mushroomy feetiness” of Granny’s Bourbonzola biscuits. Elsewhere he compares blackbirds and bananas (both “surprising, but not unheard of” pie fillings), wonders how to grow a lamppost (“Perhaps I’ll plant a desk lamp / and water it each night”), catalogs “Silences” (“Cat paws through the garden. / Butterflies in flight. / Morning daisies yawning. / the slowly falling night”), and invites readers to create their own cautionary admonitions after filling the blank spaces in a mix-and-match “Advice-A-Tron.” Grey’s illustrations capture the freewheeling spirit of the poems with bright and funny images ranging from a hybrid banana-bird and a predatory-looking collage of photographed toast slices to an entire mixed spread of cakes and very similar-looking rocks that, luckily, comes with a key. The author generously offers refunds to any readers eaten by tigers. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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