Bound To Stay Bound

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 Gnome and Rat (Gnome And Rat)
 Author: Stohler, Lauren

 Publisher:  Knopf (2023)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 63 p., col. ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 856042 ISBN: 9780593487822
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Graphic novels
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Gnomes -- Fiction
 Rats -- Fiction

Price: $17.68

Best friends Gnome and Rat celebrate Hat Day, learn magic tricks, and find Gnome a new signature hat in their charming forest. In graphic novel format.

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/23)
   School Library Journal (06/01/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/23)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2023 Gr 1–3—Tag along on adorable adventures with best friend duo Gnome and Rat in this new graphic novel series for emerging readers. Across five short chapters, Gnome's endless energy shines alongside his passion for his brand new hat. No matter what silly drama unfolds, Rat remains by Gnome's side, whether they are meeting magic rabbits and friendly yetis or dealing with the consequences of hair-growing tonic and door-to-door sales-critters. Stohler's lively, cartoony illustrations and expressive characters keep the mood light and fun. Bright colors create the lush landscapes and stellar sunsets that make up the Enormous Forest, with white highlights helping the main characters stand out on each page. Light humor, created by the juxtaposition of Gnome's high energy and Rat's down-to-earth problem-solving, will keep kids and adults giggling as they turn the page. Supporting characters, such as the hat-selling possum and hat-repair porcupine, add to the whimsy. VERDICT A cute new addition to the growing pool of emergent-reader graphic novels featuring best friends, this will appeal to fans of Ben Clanton's "Narwhal & Jelly" series and Stephen Shaskan's "Pizza & Taco" books.—Annamarie Carlson - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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