Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: McCarthy, Steve

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill.30 cm

 BTSB No: 618489 ISBN: 9781536231373
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Family life -- Fiction
 Wilderness areas -- Fiction
 Outdoor recreation -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

A young boy who fears the outdoors becomes lost in the forest--and discovers not only his courage but a new friend, too.

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/23)
   Booklist (10/01/23)
 The Hornbook (-) (00/09/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 10/01/2023 The entire enormous Vasylenko family loves exploring the outdoors and seeking out adventure—well, nearly the entire family. Young Oktober much prefers to get his outdoor education indoors, via a pile of books. Besides wanting to avoid some generally unpleasant aspects of alfresco outings—slime, grime, damp, and chill—he’s convinced that the Wilderness is a specific monster, not just a location. With some final familial encouragement, Oktober reluctantly joins the family outdoors, and his worst fears come true when he gets lost and comes face-to-face with the Wilderness itself. A courageous Oktober quickly comprehends that the equally frightened Wilderness is nothing to fear, and he happily returns home with a new perspective on the world. The friendly, funny story is perfect for young readers struggling with fears and anxiety, and the lively autumnal illustrations brim with glowing tones and delightful details, from snug bunk beds for each of the 12 children to tiny bits of flora and fauna. An empathetic entreaty to face fears and embrace life’s adventures. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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