Bound To Stay Bound

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 I just ate my friend
 Author: McKinnon, Heidi

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2018)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 628158 ISBN: 9781534410329
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction
 Animal behavior -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $22.58

Having eaten his only friend, a monster seeks a new companion but each creature he meets has a good reason not to serve as a replacement.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: .70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 197027

   Booklist (08/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2018 This concise tale opens as an unidentifiable creature sorrowfully admits to having eaten his friend. No matter—he approaches a sequence of other, mostly unidentifiable creatures in search of a new friend. The others reject him for being, in succession, too big, too small, too scary, too slow. He moves on quickly, especially after one creature bares a large mouth of teeth. Eventually, he finds a suitable friend—one who closely resembles him—only to be eaten himself. At first glance, the minimalism coupled with the spare style of the artwork and the distinctive brand of dark humor might cause one to mistake this for a work by Jon Klassen. However, debut author-illustrator McKinnon's richly colored characters pop out from the stark, lightly speckled black backgrounds, lending them a quality both unique and appealing. A book about devouring and being devoured could terrify, but here the characters—even the toothier fellows—are more cuddly than fearsome, so the humor shines through. This will surely illicit reactions from the intended audience about the proper treatment of friends. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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