Bound To Stay Bound

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 Dam keeper : world without darkness (Dam keeper)
 Author: Kondo, Robert

 Publisher:  First Second (2018)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 153 p., col. ill., 24 cm

 BTSB No: 529120 ISBN: 9781626724273
 Ages: 7-11 Grades: 2-6

 Fantasy fiction
 Pigs -- Fiction
 Foxes -- Fiction
 Hippopotamuses -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $6.50

Beyond the dam lies certain death--this is something every citizen of Sunrise Valley knows well. Yet, when a poisonous black tidal wave carries Pig, Fox, and Hippo over the dam and into the wastelands, they don't find death. Instead they find bustling cities, each with their own dams. As Pig is drawn into this mystery, his investigation is cut short since he and his friends must hurry back to Sunrise Valley to help save it from the next wave of deadly black fog. Graphic novel format.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Tsutsumi, Daisuke
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 2.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 503600

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/18)
   School Library Journal (07/01/18)
   Booklist (07/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 Gr 3–6—This graphic novel is based on a short film of the same name, focused on a pig trying to keep a dark fog from engulfing his small town; this second installment finds Pig on a quest with his friends, seeking answers about the deadly fog and encountering new challenges. The most appealing element of this tale is its hazy sweetness as this loyal band of companions amble along toward an uncertain fate. The digital, watercolor-style art is organic and comfortable, a bit like a superb storyboard. Our view of Pig's plight remains incomplete, as this is the second of three volumes. Getting just a slice of the action may leave readers curious to go back and forward for the rest of the picture—though, since it's told in such a mellow tone (except for a couple of terrifying moments), kids might be satisfied with this one glimpse into Pig's world. VERDICT For fantasy-loving older elementary and middle grade readers.—Emilia Packard, Austin, TX - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2018 After being swept beyond the wall surrounding Sunrise Valley (in The Dam Keeper, 2017), Pig, Hippo, and Fox are trying to get home. They’re lost, so they end up relying on a variety of strangers, some of whom are more helpful than others. The bulk of this sequel has the feel of a montage, as the three friends cover a lot of ground in a short time. Throughout, however, Pig sees the ghostly specter of his father everywhere, reminding him of his responsibility and urging him to look deeper into what’s causing the smoke, particularly when they end up among a strange community marked by a very familiar symbol. The dense, full-color artwork has the rounded depth and cartoonish character design of a Pixar movie, but the persistent smog and occasionally jagged borders and shapes give it a haunting, eerie quality all its own. Though not a lot happens plotwise, the mystery of the dam keepers and the origin of the smoke gets deeper here. Knowledge of the first volume is necessary. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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