Bound To Stay Bound

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 Dragonboy and the wonderful night (Dragonboy)
 Author: Napoleoni, Fabio

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 667356 ISBN: 9780316462181
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Toys -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Night -- Fiction
 Fear -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Dragonboy and his stuffed animal friends explore the wonders of nighttime, from hooting owls to starry skies, and discover that darkness does not always have to feel scary.

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   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/22)
   School Library Journal (12/16/22)

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School Library Journal - 12/16/2022 K-Gr 2—Looking more like Raggedy Ann or Andy's boon companion than a real child, Napoleoni's lead is a winsome fellow who, despite his fierce-sounding name, has benign night adventures with a cast that includes fellow human Unicorngirl, a sloth named Simon, Darwin the bearlike yak (perhaps), and Drako, kind of a dragon, as well as Yellow Kitty. Tented out for the night, these children, pet, and stuffies embrace the evening, and anxious children reading along will find that little fears and big ones are put to the test and to rest with the collective reassurance of the group, as each member takes a turn at worry or resolve. Fox cubs, fireflies, owls that hoot from a branch up high—all make an appearance. Unicorngirl is reluctant to let her firefly go, but the omniscient narrator reminds readers that creatures like to be with their groups. As dawn arrives, the sleepy crew returns to the tent, pretty excited about what the new day will bring. The narration covers the group's activities but often breaks the fourth wall to invite participation and remind children of good behavior or how to collaborate. VERDICT Overnights, library lock-ins, sleepovers, first camp-outs, or just backyard visits will be enhanced by this warm embrace of navy overhead skies and good friends.—Kimberly Olson Fakih - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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