Synopses & Reviews
Sophie's family has found the perfect couch, but it comes with something extra, and getting rid of that extra something is impossible. In the end, though, who would want to?
This zany tale of upholsterosis (a chronic state of couch-potato-ness) is sure to tickle the funny bones of young readersand not-so-young-readers too!
"Nothing says comfy like a couch. But what if the family sofa comes with a wacky-looking blue creature instead of a decorative pillow? Such is the dilemma faced by a family in this quirky picture book. When young Sophie's overzealous pup, Roscoe, chomps up the old couch, the search is on for a replacement. Dad finds the perfect model at the rummage yard even though a blue Muppet-like fellow seems permanently attached to it. Back at home, Sophie's family can't get any response from the guy who, doctors say, suffers from extreme 'upholsterosis,' the ultimate couch-potato state until an urgent situation arises and the family's new blue buddy saves Sophie from harm. Slonim's (Oh Ducky! A Chocolate Calamity) multimedia paintings are both silly and clever in their depiction of a boisterous, take-charge clan. (Laugh-out-loud parental efforts to chase away the unwanted guest include a plunger pull, scraping fingernails on a chalkboard and playing the bagpipes.) Sophie's wild blond hair and bright eyes render her an endearing kid. And by book's end, Roscoe's teething tendencies ensure material for a sequel even if it's one just imagined by readers. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Sophie's family has found the perfect couch, but it comes with something extra that's cute and blue and sticks like glue. This zany tale of a chronic state of couch-potatoness will tickle the funny bones of young readers. Full color.
About the Author
David Slonim is the author-illustrator of Oh Ducky! and the illustrator of Emily and Albert by Jan Ormerod and Moishe's Miracle by Laura Krauss Melmed, which was a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he lives in Indiana with his wife and their four children. His daughter, Mary, was the inspiration for the character of Sophie in He Came with the Couch.