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The Couch Potato: The Food Group, Book 4

By Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Lively tale encourages and celebrates screen-free time.

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This delightful tale is packed full of wit and whimsy while also offering some good messages about screen time balance that kids as young as preschool can understand. Jory John's writing is full of puns that parents will get a kick out of, and Pete Oswald's illustrations are cheerful and buoyant. When Potato eventually peels himself off the couch and away from his endless amenities, he discovers a world brimming with beauty and possibility. He finally confronts the fact that he needs more out of life than slouching on the couch every day. He does, however, acknowledge the benefits of relaxing and taking it easy and enjoying what screen time has to offer, but now he spends most of his time outside, playing with friends, being active, and making real memories. And that's a message readers of all ages can get behind.

Book Details

  • Author: Jory John
  • Illustrator: Pete Oswald
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
  • Publication date: November 3, 2020
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Available on: Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
  • Last updated: November 29, 2023

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