Bound To Stay Bound

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 Daddy and the beanstalk
 Author: Weiner, Andrew

 Publisher:  LB Ink (2023)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 89 p., col. ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 929633 ISBN: 9780316592918
 Ages: 6-10 Grades: 1-5

 Graphic novels
 Bedtime -- Fiction
 Father-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Storytelling -- Fiction

Price: $19.08

To help her fall asleep, a father tells his daughter a bedtime story from his mischievous childhood when he bought magic beans with his mother's grocery money. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Crandall, Bethany

   Kirkus Reviews (09/15/23)
   School Library Journal (12/01/23)
   Booklist (11/01/23)

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School Library Journal - 12/01/2023 Gr 1–4—Six-year-old Estella convinces her dad to tell her a bedtime story. She requests a "not-too-scary" one about him and his sister when they were kids and he opens with a tale that sounds very much like "Jack and the Beanstalk." The story smoothly jumps back and forth between the real-world dad and daughter to a fantasy adventure. They humorously discuss many life lessons with Estella adding her opinions. In keeping with the original tale, seven-year-old Andy, who is Estella's dad, is captured by a giant. Luckily his older sister followed him up the beanstalk. Together they escape and race back down, chop the beanstalk down, and cause the giant to fall. He regains consciousness and is able to explain the misunderstanding. Andy was afraid he would become soup for the giant, when in fact, the giant wanted Andy to make soup. The misunderstanding ends in friendship, and it turns out Andy makes terrible soup but throws a great pizza party. Crandall overlaps the two branches of the story while cleverly separating time lines by using pink tones for the present and yellows and greens in the fantasy past. Panels of all shapes and sizes make the story fun to read. VERDICT Laughs abound in this fractured fairy tale embedded in a bedtime story. Give this to fans of "Katie the Catsitter" by Colleen AF Venable and Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre.—Elisabeth LeBris - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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