Bound To Stay Bound

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 Walrus in the bathtub
 Author: Underwood, Deborah

 Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers (2018)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 898570 ISBN: 9780803741010
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Walruses -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $21.58

When a family finds a walrus in the bathtub of their new house, it's the worst thing ever--or is it?

 Illustrator: Hunt, Matt

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (06/01/18)
   Booklist (10/01/18)

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Booklist - 10/01/2018 A lesson in creative coping is couched in this book starring an unexpected, unwanted houseguest. A family of four moves into a new house and finds a walrus already in residence—tusks, flippers, and tail stretching out of a bubble bath. Bewildered by this unusual situation, they try a series of comical ideas to encourage the walrus to leave (a clam giveaway, disguising one child as a killer whale, having the father dress up like a lady walrus, calling a plumber). Most of the narrative is in list form, courtesy of the big brother, who enumerates what’s best about the new house, and what’s worst—the walrus in the bathtub. Candy-colored digital artwork crowds the pages but appropriately reflects the chaotic atmosphere of the house. Just as it seems the family will give up hope, a misunderstanding is revealed that allows them to turn the negatives of having a walrus into positives. The humor is pretty effortful here, but the emphasis on adjusting and understanding is well played. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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