Bound To Stay Bound

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 Slug needs a hug!
 Author: Willis, Jeanne

 Illustrator: Ross, Tony

 Publisher:  Andersen Press
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm.

 BTSB No: 953504 ISBN: 9781467793094
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Stories in rhyme
 Mother-child relationship -- Fiction
 Slugs (Mollusks) -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction
 Hugging -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Slug worries that the reason his mother never hugs him is that he is ugly, so he follows his friends' advice to be furry, with a beak, horns, and more, until his mother can no longer recognize him, but then he learns that she loves him, no matter what.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 174254

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/15)
   School Library Journal (09/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2015 PreS-Gr 2— Poor slug is "wet and weedy, very, very needy, and always greedy for a hug." Sadly, his mother never hugs him. One at a time, various animals tell slug how he should make himself "more huggable, less slithery and sluggable"—namely, by making himself more like them. Tony Ross's deliciously silly ink and watercolor illustrations are a delightful complement to Jeanne Willis's bouncy rhyming text. When Slug returns to his mother, she doesn't even recognize her son beneath the ersatz fur, feathers, snout, beak, and legs. In the satisfying conclusion, Slug's mother confesses she adores her son as he is: "If I could, I'd hug you darling!" Alas, slugs have no arms "and so…They kissed!" This is a kinder, gentler version of Bernard Waber's classic, You Look Ridiculous, Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus (Houghton Mifflin, 1973). Both stories stress the absurdity of changing to imitate others, but Willis's tale places more affirming emphasis on the protagonist's innate lovability. VERDICT This is a fun and whimsical choice for storytimes about individuality, self-esteem, and love.—Rachel Anne Mencke, St. Matthew's Parish School, Pacific Palisades, CA - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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