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 Marco Polo brave explorer (Book Buddies)
 Author: Lord, Cynthia

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 68 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 587080 ISBN: 9781536213553
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Decoration and ornament -- Fiction
 Toys -- Fiction
 Mice -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction

Price: $19.08

Marco Polo is a retired Christmas ornament, but in his mind he is a great mouse explorer. Because he's tiny and likely to be lost, he is the least-borrowed of the Book Buddies--toys that children can check out of the library just like a book--and he almost never leaves the library. But the little mouse finally meets the right match in Seth, a boy who is about to attend his first sleepover. Are both boy and mouse in for an unexpected adventure?

 Illustrator: Graegin, Stephanie

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 516639

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/22)
   Booklist (03/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2022 Originally a soft, mouse-shaped Christmas ornament, Marco Polo becomes a Book Buddy (a doll or stuffed toy to check out from the library). A brave explorer, he’s thrilled when a boy named Seth chooses him to take to Ben’s house to bolster his courage for his first sleepover. All goes well until a cat picks up Marco Polo during the night and stashes him away. Undeterred, the intrepid mouse finds his way back to Seth along with Ben’s long-lost monster stuffie. Lord’s engaging narrative is well-attuned to the concerns of readers who find comfort in stuffed animals, though they may be reluctant to admit it. The book’s reader-friendly design includes wide-spaced lines of type and grayscale illustrations on most double-page spreads. An appealing addition to the Book Buddies series. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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