Bound To Stay Bound

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 New day
 Author: Meltzer, Brad

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [42] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 636404 ISBN: 9780525554240
 Ages: 3-5 Grades: K

 Days -- Fiction
 Job interviews -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $22.08

Sunday quits after feeling like she is being taken for granted, unlike the other days of the week. As the remaining days of the week interview various days to replace Sunday, a little girl shows up with a thank-you gift that makes all the difference for Sunday.

 Illustrator: Santat, Dan

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.50
   Points: .5   Quiz: 512081

   Kirkus Reviews (12/15/20)
   School Library Journal (01/01/21)
   Booklist (+) (06/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2021 Gr 3–5—Every week progresses the same way—Sunday moves through Saturday and circles back again—and it is easy to take the routine for granted. Fed up with the lack of appreciation she feels in her job, Sunday announces that she is quitting! The other days are aghast, but they ultimately follow Monday's lead and move to seek out a new day to take Sunday's place. An audition process begins, inviting submissions from all over; some ideas are terrible, others are fine, but none feel quite right. That is, until one final prospect brings a sentiment to the table that changes Sunday's outlook for the better. Santat's iconic style launches these antics in vivid, expressive illustrations; his pages are saturated with color and, with the funny word-bubble text, give this a graphic novel feel. Myriad characters are used to tell the story, enhancing the silly and chaotic plot. The characters vary somewhat in appearance, in pale tones to technicolor ones. The length of text and subject matter are best suited to older elementary readers and will have them chuckling from beginning to end. Occasional rhymes provide a sing-song quality that appears at choice moments in the vibrant narrative. Enjoyably executed, this story emphasizes the importance of kindness in a world that sometimes forgets. VERDICT This is a dynamic and engaging addition to libraries for young readers.—Mary Lanni, formerly at Denver P.L. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 06/01/2021 *Starred Review* Cartoon characters personifying days of the week are thrown into desperate straits when Sunday, a golden girl with a star in her hair, suddenly quits, saying she’s fed up with the heavy expectations put on her. The anxious days try putting up posters all over the land, advertising for replacement candidates who can be “relaxing, tranquil, chill (though not as chill as Saturday).” The days then hold a series of “New Day Auditions,” where the presented ideas range from good (a DogDay with puppy giveaways) to bad (WorstVice-PresidentsDay, Shark-Day, Big-BurpDay) to amazing (everyone gets a superpower on FlyDay). The watercolor, colored-pencil, and crayon illustrations by Caldecott medalist Santat intensify the fun and meaning of this romp, with the personified days resembling the characters in Pixar’s Inside Out in that they’re differently colored, big-headed, and come with embedded clues to their personalities (for example, Saturday is a mellow-looking middle-aged woman whose big sweater has rows of Zs knitted into it). The craziness escalates, with more and more stunts and improbable contestants (like KnightsWhoseWordsAreHerringsDay), until a small act of kindness from a little girl brings Sunday—and order—back, making all the days appreciate each other more. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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