Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Rex, Adam

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [54] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 747868 ISBN: 9781452165042
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Animals -- Fiction
 Cooperativeness -- Fiction
 Social action -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $21.88

When a bird and a crab team up to combine the advantages of flight and claws, it gives them an idea: why not expand the team to include other animals who have a special trait--and soon they all set out to rescue their lake from development, because united together they are unstoppable.

 Illustrator: Park, Laura
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 509501

   Kirkus Reviews (02/01/20)
   School Library Journal (03/01/20)
   Booklist (+) (03/15/20)
 The Hornbook (00/07/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2020 K-Gr 3—After a crab and a bird are threatened by a cat, they join forces, since one has always longed to fly and the other wants claws that snap. They describe themselves as Crabbird/Birdrab and are content until they both divulge their desire to swim as well as soar and pinch. Enlisting the aid of a turtle, the three become Craburtlebird—among other monikers—and feel they are "unstoppable," until they confront a bully. Even with their combined talents, they are intimidated by the angry bear until the three convince him to collaborate with them and they become Crabburbearbird! Though they now possess myriad strengths and abilities, they are no match for the humans who are razing the forest in the name of progress, so, of course, they enlist the help of the president and Congress. Vibrant illustrations were created using Procreate on an iPad and are engaging and humorous. VERDICT Introducing the picture book crowd to a bit of knowledge about who is in charge of passing laws, this will also delight adults in its depiction of our government.—Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 *Starred Review* After a bird and crab barely escape a cat’s assault, their commiseration leads to an idea: together, they could form one unstoppable unit that can both fly and pinch. Thus Crabbird is born—or Birdrab—depending on whom you ask—but it doesn’t stop there. In a series of exponential escalations, they add to their dangling ranks a turtle (“Birdraburtle! Carburtlebird! Crabturd!”) and a bear (“Birdraburtlebear! Craburbearbird! Turbearbircrab! Steve!”). Then they meet a team of bulldozers demolishing the lakefront to build a shopping mall. How can the bulldozers possibly be stopped? The bird has an idea: the U.S. president! The animals snatch the commander-in-chief (a Black woman) from the Oval Office, but she reminds them that she can’t pass laws, leading to the page turn of the year. As the chain of bird, crab, turtle, bear, and president soars away from the Capitol, they now tow an enormous, detailed ball of hundreds of panicky congresspeople, jammed together like chewing gum. A quick vote (with only a few nays) ends the demolition, and the Congresibirdraburtlebear flies off into the sunset. Park masterfully leverages comical expressions in her characters, despite their simple design. While Rex’s humor will certainly appeal to adults, children will also delight in the over-the-top absurdity, even while absorbing a nice lesson on cooperation and, in a way, activism. Ridiculously fun. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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