Bound To Stay Bound

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 Play it cool (Cookie & Broccoli)
 Author: McMahon, Bob

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 76 p., col. ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 629394 ISBN: 9780593109090
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Cookies -- Fiction
 Broccoli -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Popularity -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $15.97

What happens when Cool Cucumber and his loyal followers put Cookie and Broccoli's coolness to the test, and Cookie's hokey pokey dance does NOT impress? And worse, when Broccoli's cool math trick propels him to be the new leader of the Cool Crowd? Can their friendship withstand this popularity contest? In graphic novel format.

   Kirkus Reviews (08/15/21)
   School Library Journal (+) (11/19/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/19/2021 K-Gr 3—Broccoli and Cookie want to impress Cucumber, leader of the Cool Crowd. Cookie's hokey pokey dance and Broccoli's math brain teaser are not enough to earn them membership, so Broccoli argues that Cucumber isn't cool, either, resulting in Cucumber stepping down from the Cool Crowd. This morality tale about popularity and influence takes a refreshing turn as Cucumber revels in his newfound freedom and Broccoli stresses out as the new leader of coolness. As it turns out, being too cool to laugh at anything funny just isn't very enjoyable. A line about gluten-free and organic cookies being cool will land differently from reader to reader. Although the setting for many pages is a gray horizon line, the anthropomorphic food crowd and their variety of dialogue and speech balloons lend a lot of color and expression to each page. VERDICT Readers get a powerful, relatable lesson in the kind of coolness that matters: dismantling unfair systems for everyone's benefit.—Thomas Maluck, Richland Lib., SC - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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