Bound To Stay Bound

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 Here comes Valentine Cat
 Author: Underwood, Deborah

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2016)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [84] p., col. ill., 18 x 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 898332 ISBN: 9780525429159
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Cats -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Valentine's Day -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
Humorous Fiction

Price: $22.58

Cat does not want to send a valentine to anyone, until some unexpected gifts from the dog next door make him change his mind.

 Illustrator: Rueda, Claudia
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 178906
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.00
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 67919

   Kirkus Reviews (10/01/15)
   School Library Journal (12/01/15)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/16)
 The Hornbook (00/01/16)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2015 PreS-Gr 2—In this creatively presented holiday title, an unidentified narrator speaks directly to Cat, trying to convince the disgruntled feline to make a valentine for a friend. The narrator insists that the holiday "doesn't have to be all mushy." The conversation continues with Cat communicating through eloquently illustrated signs. One sign shows a particularly dastardly portrait of Cat's new canine neighbor. Cat automatically rejects the idea of sending a friendly valentine to Dog. Dog is noisy and keeps throwing things over the fence. Cat vehemently clings to the opinion that dogs are mean and undeserving of Valentine's wishes until an unexpected event changes everything. The humorous ink and color pencil illustrations of the stout, sand-colored kitty will endear Cat to young readers, and they will appreciate the lesson Cat learns: don't jump to conclusions about your friends because everything is not always as it appears. VERDICT The story's singular narrative style and simple but expressive illustrations will make it a favorite during the month of February. Pair it with Laura Malone Elliott's A String of Hearts (HarperCollins, 2010).—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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