Bound To Stay Bound

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 Amos McGee misses the bus
 Author: Stead, Philip Christian

 Publisher:  Roaring Brook Press (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [46] p. (1 folded), col. ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 844469 ISBN: 9781250213228
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Zoos -- Fiction
 Punctuality -- Fiction
 Zoo animals -- Fiction
 Helping behavior -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, is very considerate and always on time. But after a late night planning a surprise for all his friends, Amos is tired. So tired that he falls asleep during breakfast and misses his bus to the zoo! Now he knows he won't have time for the surprise he planned for his friends. Unless . . . maybe his friends can step in and help him out.

 Illustrator: Stead, Erin E.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 514145

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/01/21)
   School Library Journal (+) (09/17/21)
   Booklist (+) (10/01/21)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/21)
 The Hornbook (00/11/21)

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School Library Journal - 09/17/2021 PreS-K—In this worthy sequel to the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, the Steads return to the world of kindly, elderly, and gangly Amos McGee, incorporating elements of the first story that readers loved. All the zoo friends are back, and Amos rides the big, blue number five bus to and from work. However, this time, Amos's predictable, quiet life is altered not by a cold but by a lack of sleep. Amos's excitement over planning an outing for his zoo friends prevents him from getting a good night's sleep, causing him to snooze at the breakfast table and miss his bus. When he finally arrives at the zoo, poor Amos cannot stay awake, so while he sleeps, the concerned animals take care of him in a variety of ways, resulting in the friends being able to take Amos's planned trip. The woodblock artwork is just as gorgeous as in the original, and the illustrator seems to have fun expanding slightly on Amos's world, showing his new bedside table, his wingback chair, and a mysterious giraffe that rides the number five bus. Until the friends are on their way to the beach, Amos looks a bit less content than in the first book. Luckily, his smile returns. VERDICT In a world of sickness, strife, and stridency, it is a pleasure to spend time again with Amos McGee and his zoo friends.—Sally James, South Hillsborough Elem. Sch., CA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 10/01/2021 *Starred Review* In this new title featuring the characters of Caldecott Award–winner A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2010), zookeeper Amos hasn’t slept a wink, anticipating tomorrow’s special trip with the animals. But come morning, while prepping to leave, Amos nods off at the kitchen table. When he's awoken by the bus’ “beep-beep,” he knows he’s too late, and he treks to the zoo on foot. He tries to prepare the animals for disappointment, since he fears having to cancel their outing, and while doing his chores, he tells Penguin, Rhinoceros, and Owl exactly how he got behind—and, incidentally, lost his favorite hat. Plus, where’s Tortoise? Eventually, tuckered-out Amos succumbs to a snooze on a bench. The animals let their beloved zookeeper pal rest, finishing the chores themselves. And when Amos awakes to discover their kindness, they have just enough time to catch the bus for their outing—a trip to the beach to watch the sunset. Lovely, expressive woodblock-and-pencil illustrations judiciously employ soft-textured color and line, depicting the characters and events with sweet, gently comical details—Penguin holds up a “Shh! QUIET, please!!!” sign as Amos naps; a bird, mouse, and cat have side activities of their own; and the animals have creative ways of completing zoo chores. Amos’ and the animals’ mutual affection and support is evident throughout in this wholly delightful follow-up that also stands well on its own. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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