Bound To Stay Bound

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 Ruffles and the red, red coat
 Author: Melling, David

 Publisher:  Nosy Crow (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [25] p., col. ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 635792 ISBN: 9781536220216
 Ages: 2-5 Grades: K

 Dogs -- Fiction
 Rain -- Fiction
 Coats -- Fiction

Price: $21.38

Ruffles loves scratching, digging, and chewing, but he does not like wearing his red coat on rainy days. But when Ruffles wants to splash in puddles with his best friend, Ruby, he soon learns that sometimes wearing a raincoat is a very good idea after all.

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School Library Journal - 09/01/2021 PreS-K—Ruffles, a white puppy with personality, sports a black dot encircling his right eye (somewhat resembling Bullseye, the Target mascot). At the book's beginning, nine vignettes show the small canine's antics during his busy day: "howling," "scratching," "fetching," and more. What stops him in his tracks is being outfitted with a new red coat. Since he "does not love" it, the bull terrier slowly but determinedly works until he manages to take it off and walk away, head held high, leaving the red coat in a heap. While he should wear his coat on a cold rainy day, Ruffles refuses. When he and his friend Ruby—who, by the way, is wearing a blue coat—are splashed by bigger dogs, Ruffles is chilled and too upset to play anymore. Ruby comes to the rescue and all ends well. The illustrations, drawn in pencil and colored digitally, are delightful, especially a run of several pages of small illustrations revealing the adorable pup with energy to spare. VERDICT Young children will be entertained by Ruffles, sympathetic to his wardrobe woes, and thrilled to see his relationship with Ruby warm up.—Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek P.L., WI - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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