Bound To Stay Bound

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 Rectangle time
 Author: Paul, Pamela

 Publisher:  Philomel (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 704193 ISBN: 9780593115114
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Books and reading -- Fiction
 Human-animal relationship -- Fiction
 Cats -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $22.08

A cat figures out how to continue interacting with his boy as he grows older and his reading habits change.

 Illustrator: Cameron, Becky

   Kirkus Reviews (12/15/20)
   Booklist (01/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2021 New York Times Book Review editor Paul enters the picture-book arena on little cat feet, humorously adopting the egocentric perspective of a family’s feline. The story begins with a dad selecting a book (a “rectangle” in kitty speak) to read to his little boy. The calico narrates as the pair each holds one edge of the book in order to keep a hand free for petting her. She demonstrates other ways that she is involved in this pastime, like scratching her head on the book’s corner “to make the rectangle feel useful” and sitting on an open book to enhance it. As the story progresses, readers watch the boy grow up and change his reading habits, but the tenacious kitty always finds a way to stay close to her human and his reading material. Cameron’s springtime palette complements the story’s sunny tone and the cat’s many expressions are truly delightful. The running joke that the cat is actually being unhelpful will land hardest for adults, but kids will giggle over the familiar feline antics. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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