Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Mack, Jeff

 Publisher:  Philomel Books
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [30] p., col. ill., 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 594373 ISBN: 9780399162053
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 Gorillas -- Fiction
 Books and reading -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $20.01

Using only two words--"look" and "out"--relates a story about an attention-loving gorilla, a television-loving boy, and a friendship that develops over books.

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/15)
   School Library Journal (12/01/14)
   Booklist (03/15/15)
 The Hornbook (00/03/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2014 PreS-Gr 1—Mack's latest picture book is told with only two words, but they convey an array of emotions, including excitement, surprise, anger, and sadness. A playful gorilla tries to get a boy's attention by flinging around books and stepping on them. But no matter how many times (or ways) the gorilla says, "Look" (14), the boy keeps his eyes on the television. As the gorilla's behavior becomes increasingly unruly, the boy's exclamations of "Look out!" become serious. When the gorilla accidentally breaks the TV, the boy shouts "Out! Out! Out!" but then discovers the joy of reading, and shares his discovery with the gorilla. "Look. Look! Look! Look!" he says while pointing to the gorilla and Tarzan characters on the page. Mixed-media illustrations and alternating font styles are set against different colored and textured backdrops. This is a fun read-aloud that will have children wanting to look and look again.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/15/2015 A little boy who looks like he stepped out of a Peanuts strip just wants to watch TV, but a friendly gorilla with a pile of books is eager to get his attention. First, the gorilla tries humor: “Look!” he exclaims as he puts a book on his head like a hat, but he gets no reaction. Next, the gorilla plants himself between the boy and the TV. “Look out,” mutters the boy, pushing him out of the way. A series of stunts and variations on the words look and out follow until Gorilla accidentally breaks the TV. “Look! Look! Look! Out! Out! Out!” furiously shouts the boy. But with a broken TV, there’s nothing left to do but dive into that pile of books, and the gorilla and the boy have a fun time together. Mack’s gentle, cartoonish illustrations are cleverly drawn on old book covers and endpapers, a subtle detail that emphasizes the joy of reading, and with a playful two-word vocabulary, even the littlest readers will be able to get in on the fun. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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