Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Shannon, David

 Publisher:  Viking (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 805398 ISBN: 9780593352274
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Gold -- Fiction
 Wealth -- Fiction
 Greed -- Fiction
 Conduct of life -- Fiction
 Stories in rhyme
 Greek mythology -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Max Midas isn't like the other kids. Instead of trying to make friends, he decides to make millions and spends it all on what he loves best: GOLD. But one day, things get lonely inside his shiny castle and Max finally learns that gold isn't worth anything without friends and family by your side.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 518994

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (07/15/22)
   Booklist (+) (09/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/01/2022 *Starred Review* Shannon brings his offbeat humor to this modern retelling of the King Midas myth. Max, decked out in a golden crown and matching tie tack, heart-shaped sunglasses, and pink bunny slippers, stands atop a golden planet, reveling in his love of all things gold. Eschewing chocolate, toys, and childish pursuits, Max seeks only more gold—gold stars (he cheats on tests), money, and profit by any means. He sells lemonade by the sip and sabotages all competitors who challenge his global lemonade company. He makes enough to buy his parents a house (but he charges them rent). After building himself a golden castle atop a golden mountain of coins, Max begins to isolate: “As time went by, Max stayed inside / and all alone got older. / His outlook didn’t change a bit. / In fact, / it just got golder.” Max’s comeuppance comes when his greed turns him into a solid gold statue. Only one small tear saves him from despair. The moral? “Gold can never make you feel . . . as good as being nice.” This is told in clever rhyming text and illustrated in vibrant oil paint (with lots of gold hues!), and Shannon’s quirky cartoon characters lend humor and affection to one aspect of childhood and family. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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