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The Couch Potato (The Food Group) Hardcover – Picture Book, November 3, 2020

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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, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Looking for a spud-tacular read? Starch here.  -- 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. -- Booklist

[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)

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins (November 3, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062954539
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062954534
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD550L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.25 x 0.25 x 11.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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Jory John is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient.

Jory’s work includes the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, &quot;The Good Egg,&quot; and the #2 New York Times bestselling picture book, &quot;The Bad Seed.&quot; He is also the author of the popular picture books, &quot;Penguin Problems&quot; and &quot;Giraffe Problems,&quot; the award-winning Goodnight Already! series, the New York Times bestselling Terrible Two series, the recent picture books &quot;Quit Calling Me a Monster!&quot; and &quot;Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back?&quot; and the international bestseller &quot;All my friends are dead,&quot; among many other books for both children and adults. Jory's forthcoming picture books, in 2019, include &quot;That's What Dinosaurs Do!&quot;, illustrated by his frequent collaborator, Pete Oswald.

Jory’s books have won numerous state book awards, most recently the North Carolina Children’s Book Award, the Florida Sunshine State Reading Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award of Vermont, the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award, the Volunteer State Book Award of Tennessee, the North Dakota Library Association Flicker Tale Award, the South Carolina Children’s Book Award, the Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Prize, and his work was shortlisted for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. His books were also twice-nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in England.

In addition to the books mentioned here, Jory has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Believer, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and BuzzFeed, among many other publications. His work has also been featured in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best of McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Reader's Digest, and more.

For more than six years, Jory worked as the programs director at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center in San Francisco's Mission District, founded by Dave Eggers. In that time, he conceptualized and edited, &quot;Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama,&quot; which was featured on &quot;This American Life.&quot;

Find Jory at www.joryjohn.com or on Twitter @IamJoryJohn

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I absolutely love these authors and this collection. I was so excited when I saw the duo was coming out with another book and preordered it immediately and it did not disappoint. I immediately shared it with my kindergarten class but also my 3rd grade student I mentor and it was enjoyed by all. A great message presented in a clear fun way for kids with a little bit of humor for the adults too!
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We look forward to the arrival of each and every Jory John book, these wonderful stories always showcases Jory's unique ability to relate with young children in a way that keeps us coming back for more. Not only is eating snacks and playing board games a daily event at our house but a comfortable slouch on the couch ends most days. If Sophia could rename her dog I am sure he would end up being called King Tater! BTW..... tater tots have become a real favorite!
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