Bound To Stay Bound

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 BOOM! (I Like To Read Comics)
 Author: Meisel, Paul

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2023)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 24 cm

 BTSB No: 635566 ISBN: 9780823448579
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Cats -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Thunderstorms -- Fiction
 Fear -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $20.48

When a thunderstorm comes, Cat is happy to spend the noisy night playing with toys, while Dog frantically tries find the just the right hiding spot. In graphic novel format.

   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/23)
   School Library Journal (06/01/23)
 The Hornbook (00/07/23)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2023 PreS-Gr 1—A simple yet special young readers' graphic novel with a concise and lightly hilarious story to tell. A cat and dog are lazing around their cozy house when a storm starts to brew outside. There's thunder! Dog is startled, and becomes increasingly agitated as the storm continues, ultimately cowering in the closet and falling fast asleep. While dozing, Dog imagines becoming a superhero who brings back the blue sky. Meanwhile, Cat remains blithely unruffled, batting their toys around and gently teasing Dog. Juxtaposing Dog's escalating emotional reaction with Cat's nonchalance makes for an amusing tension rooted in canine and feline realities, but also serves as a great touchstone for children and caregivers considering their own emotional reactions to stormy day sounds. As an introduction to reading, The text is satisfyingly succinct and active, peppered with repetitive storm noises—"Rumble," "Boom"—and command words—"Run!" "Hide!"—mixed with the pets' simple dialogue. Illustrations are unobtrusive yet thoughtful, filling the small domestic world with a plethora of textures and patterns, in carpets, furniture, walls, and clothing. Cat and Dog are drawn in a style visually reminiscent of William Steig characters, both in their cute, wobbly-outlined imperfection and instant emotional resonance. VERDICT A swift, sweet, and visually satisfying vignette for beginning readers to enjoy with a caregiver or on their own.—Emilia Packard - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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