Bound To Stay Bound

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 Grandma in blue with red hat
 Author: Menchin, Scott

 Publisher:  Abrams Books for Young Readers (2015)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 636879 ISBN: 9781419714849
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Art -- Fiction
 Museums -- Fiction

Price: $21.36

After his teacher says that anything can be in an art exhibition, and his fellow students give myriad reasons why something might belong in a museum, a child offers his special grandmother as an exhibit but when the curator cites a rule against accepting grandmas, the child has a better idea.

 Illustrator: Bliss, Harry
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 171386
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.20
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 65131

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/15)
   School Library Journal (02/01/15)
 The Hornbook (00/03/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2015 Gr 1–3—"Saturday is the best day. Because that's the day I go to art class at the museum," explains an African American boy. He and his classmates discuss famous art pieces and discuss why each one is worthy to be included in the museum—because it's beautiful/funny/one-of-a-kind/makes viewers feel good. The boy realizes that his beloved grandmother fulfills all of the requirements for a museum exhibit and decides to donate her to the collection. The curator treats his idea with respect but explains that the museum does not accept grandmas. Undaunted, the boy goes into a frenzy of art study and creation in order to hold his own exhibit. Each piece features his grandmother and is an homage to a different artist or movement. At the end, in front of the titular piece, Grandma in Blue with a Hat, his grandma tells him that the exhibit is wonderful and one-of-a-kind. "Just like Grandma," he adds proudly. The illustrations are full of clever nods and references to famous art and skillfully done; however, none of the struggle or reality of creating art is shown, and the boy seems to create and host a museum-quality show complete with exhibit guides. It's not clear whether he is incredibly talented or if the exhibit is pictured as he imagines it. Art quibbles aside, the story is well written and serves as a great introduction to art appreciation. VERDICT The subject matter, along with a tender grandparent relationship, makes this a worthwhile purchase for large collections.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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