The Couch Potato (Hardcover)
Winter 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“Jory John is back with another hilarious story filled with a great life lesson and such a unique humor that parents will love it as well! The illustrations by Pete Oswald will make you smile throughout the book. The story delivers an excellent message about balancing activity and screen time and, as always, is hilarious to read out loud.”
— Stephanie Csaszar, Books Around the Corner, Gresham, OR
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.
Pete Oswald is an LA-based artist, kid lit author/illustrator, and production designer. He is the co-creator of Mingo the Flamingo, published in 2017 by HarperCollins. Pete is also the illustrator of The Bad Seed, by Jory John. When Pete is not working on books he is helping to uplift many of the most successful animated franchises as a character designer, concept artist, and production designer. Pete lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and two sons.
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— Kirkus Reviews
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.
[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.
— School Library Journal
Text and illustrations are packed with humor.
— Horn Book Magazine
A stylish and witty picture book.
— Sunday Times (London)