Bound To Stay Bound

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 Do not eat the game!
 Author: McElligott, Matthew

 Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 624136 ISBN: 9781524767235
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Games -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $22.58

A girl tries to play a game with monsters, but it quickly turns into chaos when they don't follow the rules.

   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/20)
   Booklist (04/01/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2020 Any child who has broken the rules of a board game, thrown the pieces, or suddenly quit the game can identify with and delight in this Jumanji-lite story of a game that turns chaotic. As a little girl and her dog open a board game and start reading the rules—which make up the entirety of the book’s text—a fuzzy, pink-polka-dotted monster peers through the window. Soon, it joins the game and begins tossing pieces and eating the game board itself, and more of its monster friends join, merrily creating chaos. There are four games here: the original; the second, where the cute monsters carry off the game pieces; the third, where the girl makes up her own game with insane rules for the monsters; and the fourth, in which she and the monsters play the original game properly. The book itself is designed like a board game, with brightly colored panels mimicking game spaces. Ultimately, this is a cleverly zany take on how difficult forming friendships can be. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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