Bound To Stay Bound

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 Betty and the mysterious visitor
 Author: Twist, Anne

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [26] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 895903 ISBN: 9781536234862
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Gardens -- Fiction
 Grandparent-grandchild relationship -- Fiction
 Badgers -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Betty loves visiting Grandma and playing in her beautiful garden, Acorn Hollows. It is her most favorite place in the whole world! Together they tend to Grandma's wildflowers and berry bushes, and even make jam to sell at the local farmers market. But when a mysterious creature starts destroying the Hollows, Betty is determined to find a way to stop it.

 Illustrator: Sutton, Emily

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   Kirkus Reviews (10/01/23)
   Booklist (09/15/23)

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Booklist - 09/15/2023 Betty adores visiting her grandmother in the tiny British village of Wobbly Bottom, and she particularly loves spending time in Acorn Hollows, the community garden shared by all the cottages. The close-knit pair has a tradition of gathering the berries growing there to make jam for the bustling farmer’s market, but the idyllic scene is shattered when a mysterious unseen visitor tears through the garden and leaves nibbled, muddy destruction in its wake for many nights in a row. A determined Betty finally identifies the sneaky culprit and cleverly plots to frighten it away for good, returning Acorn Hollows to the peaceful, orderly garden of village renown. The sweet little mystery is both snug and suspenseful, and the charming text is filled with delightful phrasing (“The grass was a mess, a higgle and puff”). The glorious watercolor illustrations nearly steal the show; they’re a riot of color, overflowing with detail, and young readers can spend ages taking in the minutiae on each pretty spread. The wonderful Wobbly Bottom is well worth the visit. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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