Bound To Stay Bound

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 Bug boys : outside and beyond (Bug Boys)
 Author: Knetzger, Laura

 Publisher:  RH Graphic (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 252 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 525242 ISBN: 9781984896780
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Graphic novels
 Insects -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction

Price: $19.78

Follows two bug friends, Stag-B and Rhino-B, as they explore their world and share adventures. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Lynde, Lyle
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 2.70
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 516331

   Kirkus Reviews (12/15/20)
   School Library Journal (12/01/21)
   Booklist (+) (01/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2021 *Starred Review* This follow-up to 2020’s charming Bug Boys holds largely to the same formula—episodic adventures starring tweenesque beetle besties Rhino-B and Stag-B—and it’s this first return that highlights the series’ greatest gift: comfort. Each stand-alone chapter opens with the same promise, that wherever the boys are headed, whatever discoveries await, they will be exploring something new, be it an unknown region of their anthropomorphic-bug world or an unfamiliar emotion that they—and, likely, young readers—are contending with. They will face it together, innocent smiles etched into their simple yet expressive beetle features, and most importantly, they will return home, safely changed. In “The Ultimate S’mores,” the boys ponder their respective growth, together and apart; “Little Bugs in the Big City” has the duo contrasting their quaint Bug Village with the metropolitan Centipede City; and when they’re introduced to bats in “Wave’s World,” they learn to appreciate life from a new perspective. Knetzger’s art, helped by Lynde’s colors, makes every setting inviting, every character friendly—if you look closely enough—and the result is the coziest kind of book-magic. As Rhino-B reflects: “I like the endings where everyone goes home . . . and things don’t change too fast. And everybody gets just enough of their happy ending . . .” Readers will be glad to be back and sorry to say goodbye—until next time. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 Gr 2–5—Tales of friendship and adventure abound in this second series installment. In Bug Village, two young beetle best friends, Rhino-B and Stag-B, go camping, participate in a role-playing game, attend a bug library conference, and roam the great outdoors with friends new and old. The stories offer up fun shenanigans with a side of introspection, exploring themes of growing up, identity, and change. Readers will enjoy the natural settings and playful character design, which is very similar to the TV show Adventure Time. VERDICT A thoughtful look at best friends and big emotions. Hand to fans of the first in the series or to anyone in need of an uplifting read. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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