Bound To Stay Bound

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 Z goes first
 Author: Lamb, Sean

 Publisher:  Macmillan (2018)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [25] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 538326 ISBN: 9781250123954
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Alphabet -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

The letter Z decides she is tired of always being in last place. She wants to go first! So she and her best friend, Y, decide to move to the front of the alphabet.

 Illustrator: Perry, Mike

   Kirkus Reviews (03/01/18)
   Booklist (04/15/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/15/2018 Tired of being relegated to the end of the alphabet, Z recruits complacent Y (who “didn’t even mind being called both a consonant and a vowel”) to join her as she scoots around to the front and then proceeds to glide grandly past all the other letters. The trip is far from uneventful: rotund D blocks the way until bought off with doughnuts (a “baker’s dozen”—readers unfamiliar with the term can count them in the picture), egotistic E tries to trip them up (as does Q later on), and other letters likewise make trouble. Perry uses loud colors, along with lots of polka-dots and streaks, to give the illustrations a psychedelic, Peter Max vibe, and outfits all the letters with pop-eyed faces. All are easily recognizable, except, oddly, for the narcissistic I, who, despite being referred to in the uppercase, is illustrated as a lowercase i. Finally passing X, who is (wait for it) “always cross,” the two no sooner finish their alphabetical ramble than Z wants to start over. So will young abecedarians. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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