Bound To Stay Bound

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School Library Journal - 03/01/2010 PreS-Gr 2— "If I'd known I was going to be born in public, I'd at least have put on a tank top," begins this infant's diary. A funny twist on the typical new sibling story, this book is written from the baby's point of view as he tries to grow up and be like his big sister. He offers his ideas about the world around him in short monthly entries, until, at the end, he and his sister become best friends as he turns one year old—just what he always wanted! The watercolor and ink illustrations (done on faintly lined pages as in a notebook) faithfully follow the humorous text, depicted in three or four vignettes on each spread. The book is a fresh and amusing slant on sibling adjustment and should capture the imagination of any big brother or sister.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA - Copyright 2010 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/01/2010 The conceit is this: a baby is born and immediately begins keeping a journal. She meets her big sister, tries to puzzle out a mobile, wonders why she can’t go to school, and learns she can grab things. (Note to self: grab “cats, ears, elephants, ankles, and Vermont.”) This diary has some very funny asides, but the problem is that some may be over the heads of the intended age group. For instance, “Some things are noses, some are taxicabs, and some are Belgians.” Cute, if you know what a Belgian is. The Quentin Blake–style watercolors don’t always mine the fun as much as they could, but the spacious design, with its tall white pages and scattering of vignettes, is pleasing to the eye. Try this with kids slightly older than the usual preschool crowd, and you’ll get some giggles. - Copyright 2010 Booklist.

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