Bound To Stay Bound

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 El Cucuy is scared, too! (El Cucuy)
 Author: Higuera, Donna Barba

 Publisher:  Abrams Books for Young Readers (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [30] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 444026 ISBN: 9781419744457
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Fear -- Fiction
 Moving -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction
 First day of school -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Ramon is worried about his first day at a new school, but it helps to remind El Cucuy, the monster who lives in his cactus pot, of how brave and strong they both are.

 Illustrator: Perdomo, Juliana
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 519109

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/21)
   School Library Journal (09/03/21)
 The Hornbook (00/07/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/03/2021 PreS-Gr 2—Ramón and El Cucuy share a bedroom, with El Cucuy making his home in a small cactus pot. After leaving their home for New York, these two unusual roommates begin to share their fears with one another. Ramón wonders whether his new school will be different from his old one. What about the students there, will they be friendly? El Cucuy wonders whether there will be enough hiding spots for him. What if he can't find a small, quiet space? Ramón and El Cucuy share memories of what life was like before—how Ramón was brave and able to ignore El Cucuy with a song, and how El Cucuy made his eyes glow red and howled in the night. Fun, colorful illustrations bring to life a legendary creature from Latin American folklore, and paint fears and worries in a different light. The short text, mostly a conversation between the boy and El Cucuy, calmly explores the worries that come with changes, such as moving to a new city, starting at a new school, and making new friends. A unique picture book featuring two very unlikely friends who show young readers the importance of supporting one another and discover that everyone has fears of their own. VERDICT A sweet choice for most picture book collections.—Selenia Paz, Harris County P.L., Houston - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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