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The Couch Potato
An Instant New York Times Bestseller * An Instant Indie Bestseller * An Indie Next List SelectionFeeling fried? Peel yourself on the couch and meet your new pal-tato! The winning fourth picture book...
An Instant New York Times Bestseller * An Instant Indie Bestseller * An Indie Next List SelectionFeeling fried? Peel yourself on the couch and meet your new pal-tato! The winning fourth picture book...
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  • An Instant New York Times Bestseller * An Instant Indie Bestseller * An Indie Next List Selection

    Feeling fried? Peel yourself on the couch and meet your new pal-tato! The winning fourth picture book from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, and The Cool Bean, Jory John and Pete Oswald, will get you and your kids moving!

    The Couch Potato has everything within reach and doesn't have to move from the sunken couch cushion. But when the electricity goes out, Couch Potato is forced to peel away from the comforts of the living room and venture outside. Could fresh air and sunshine possibly be better than the views on screen?

    Readers of all ages will laugh along as their new best spuddy learns that balancing screen time and playtime is the root to true happiness.

    Check out Jory John and Pete Oswald's other funny, bestselling books for kids 4-8 and anyone who wants a laugh:

    The Bad Seed

    The Good Egg

    The Good Egg Presents: The Great Eggscape!

    That's What Dinosaurs Do

About the Author-

  • Jory John is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time E. B. White Read Aloud Honor recipient. Jory's work includes the award-winning Goodnight Already! series; the bestselling Terrible Two series; the popular picture books The Bad Seed, Penguin Problems, and Quit Calling Me a Monster!; and the national bestseller All My Friends Are Dead, among other books. He lives in Oregon. You can visit him online at www.joryjohn.com.

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  • Kirkus

    November 1, 2020
    Can a couch potato peel themself off their beloved, comfortable couch? John and Oswald's titular spud certainly finds it very hard to do so. Why should they leave their "comfy, cozy couch" when everything that's needed is within reach? Their doodads and gadgets to amuse and entertain, their couch's extendable gloved hands to grab food from the kitchen, and screens upon screens to watch their favorite TV shows (highlights: MadYam, Fries), play their favorite video games, and livestream their friends. Where's the need to leave the living room? Then..."PEW-WWWWWWW"! The electricity goes out one day. Left without screens and gizmos, the couch potato decides to take dog Tater "for a walk...outside," where the trees and birds and skies seem rich, "like a high-resolution 156-inch curved screen, but even more realistic." The outdoor experience proves cathartic and freeing, away from those cords that bind, liberating enough to commit this couch potato to spending more time off the couch. Similar to The Bad Seed (2017), The Good Egg (2019), and The Cool Bean (2019) in small-scale scope and moral learning, this latest guidebook to life retains John's attention to textual goodness, balancing good-humored laughs with a sincere conversational tone that immediately pulls readers in. Naturally, Oswald's succinct artwork--loaded with genial spuds, metatextual nods, and cool aloofness--continues this loose series' winsome spirit. No counterarguments here, couch potatoes. (This book was reviewed digitally with 11-by-18-inch double-page spreads viewed at 65.9% of actual size.) Looking for a spud-tacular read? Starch here. (Picture book. 4-8)

    COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    November 1, 2020
    Preschool-Grade 2 A self-satisfied spud, Couch Potato spends any free time slouching on an upscale couch (equipped with robotic arms that supply snacks) and facing a wall of screens offering multiple electronic entertainment options. One day, when the electricity fails and the house suddenly goes dark, the potato ventures outdoors. Surprised by the sun's brightness, Couch Potato likens the real world to "a high-resolution 156-inch curved screen, but even more realistic." The chirping sound isn't a ringtone; actual birds are nearby! Soon the formerly sedentary potato is hiking, biking, playing board games, and hanging out with friends. Upon reflection, Couch Potato decides to live his life "in person." Written with a light touch, the story is amusing and appealing, while the lively, increasingly colorful illustrations portray the settings and the main character with expression. From the writer and illustrator of The Bad Seed (2017), The Good Egg (2019), and The Cool Bean (2019), this picture book certainly has a point to make, but it does so with disarming wit and abundant charm.

    COPYRIGHT(2020) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2020

    K-Gr 3-The term couch potato was coined in 1979 to describe kids who spent more time on the couch than outside playing. John's book toys with that concept in this exaggerated story of an anthropomorphic potato who pridefully shows the reader every device it owns. Each of them is designed to make sure Couch Potato never gets off the couch. When one last device is delivered and is plugged in, the lights go out. Couch Potato opens the curtains and notices what they haven't seen in ages: the outdoors! With nothing else to do, Couch Potato ventures outside and finds there is plenty to do. The COVID-19 pandemic has kept children in isolation indoors and developing couch potato tendencies through no fault of their own; this tale is timely and helps make the point that a balance of technology and old-school fun might be the way to go. The cartoonish art serves the story well, reaching for every last pun and bit of wordplay. VERDICT A goofy story about the dangers of too much of one thing, and a lighthearted lesson for all.-Joan Kindig, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews Looking for a spud-tacular read? Starch here.
  • School Library Journal [T]his tale is timely and helps make the point that a balance of technology and old-school fun might be the way to go. A goofy story about the dangers of too much of one thing, and a lighthearted lesson for all.
  • Horn Book Magazine Text and illustrations are packed with humor.
  • Sunday Times (London) A stylish and witty picture book.

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