Bound To Stay Bound

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 Midnight fair
 Author: Sterer, Gideon

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [42] p., col. ill., 21 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 849368 ISBN: 9781536211153
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Fairs -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Stories without words

Price: $21.38

Far from the city, but not quite the countryside, lies a fairground. When night comes and the fair is empty, something unexpected happens. Wild animals emerge from the forest, a brave raccoon pulls a lever, and the roller coasters and rides explode back into bright, neon life. It's time for the woodland creatures to head to the fair!

 Illustrator: Di Giorgio, Mariachiara

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/21)
   Booklist (+) (02/01/21)

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Booklist - 02/01/2021 *Starred Review* When the traveling carnival arrives and sets up near the wood, curious animals rejoice. No bear, squirrel, deer, or rabbit will be able to stay away. At closing time, night and purple darkness rule, and multiple creatures’ eyes shine with anticipation. Clever raccoons break through the fence to throw the switches, and the animals scamper in. They munch on popcorn, cotton candy, and ice-cream cones; they ride through a tunnel of scary surprises, drive bumper cars, whoosh on a roller coaster, and spin round on a brightly lit carousel. A small wolf scores at ring toss and wins a goldfish swimming in a plastic bag. At sunrise, when the owner arrives to dismantle the fair, he is puzzled by a cash box filled with acorns, berries, and nuts. But by now the animals have scurried back to the forest, where they snuggle up sleepily with chips wrappers, lollipops, and prize teddy bears. In bucolic scenes, the wolf releases the goldfish into a pond where swans swim serenely, and the bear gazes forlornly at the empty field. The vibrancy of the watercolor, colored pencils, and gouache illustrations sing in full-color pages and panels and multiple perspectives. This splendid story needs no words: gorgeous landscapes celebrate nature’s beauty, while luminous renderings of the carnival depict magical moments. Children will savor this glorious, wordless night to remember. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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