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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Review: He Came with the Couch

This timeless tale of throwaways and ‘keep forevers’ touched a spot deep within me. We often hold onto things that might seem like junk and throw away what others regard as priceless  treasures.

When a burning couch is thrown out the window before it sets the house alight, the search begins for a replacement. The family wander among rummage sales until at last they find just what they are looking for. However, a large blue character sits on their sort of new couch, and that large blue character will not move.

Despite all attempts to free/heal/eject the blue fellow, he stays, much to little Sophie’s delight and the time comes when acceptance of Blue proves to be the wisest of moves.

Simple prose paired with slightly quirky illustrations makes for an endearing read I will return to many times over. He Came With the Couch is a keeper.

Title: He Came With the Couch
Author/Illustrator: David Slonim
Publisher: Chronicle Books, $19.95
Publication Date: 2005
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9780811844307
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

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