Pinch’s Aunt Hasty is staying true to her name. After selling her house before finding a new home, she realizes she doesn’t have a place for her couch so she sends it off to Pinch to take care of in the meantime. When movers show up at Pinch’s house with this most unwelcome gift, Pinch is outraged. This terrible couch with daring dashes of red doesn’t match his blue curtains, plus it won’t fit in his cozy house! Pinch’s neighbor, Dash, comes to his friend’s rescue. Together they push. They shove. They try to find...
Pinch’s Aunt Hasty is staying true to her name. After selling her house before finding a new home, she realizes she doesn’t have a place for her couch so she sends it off to Pinch to take care of in the meantime. When movers show up at Pinch’s house with this most unwelcome gift, Pinch is outraged. This terrible couch with daring dashes of red doesn’t match his blue curtains, plus it won’t fit in his cozy house! Pinch’s neighbor, Dash, comes to his friend’s rescue. Together they push. They shove. They try to find a place for the couch. Finally, Pinch comes up with a solution that will please both him and Dash. Readers will enjoy watching the antics of the duo that was first introduced in PINCH AND DASH MAKE SOUP. Simple, yet satisfying, the second offering in this early reader series shows that you don’t always have to see eye to eye to build a lasting friendship.
K-Gr 2—Pinch, a comfort-loving creature in blue pajamas, is reading his cookbook when the doorbell rings. Two movers, appropriately named Push and Shove, deliver an oversize orange couch from his Aunt Hasty. By pushing and shoving the desk and the snug chair out of the way, they fit the couch in front of the fireplace. Dash, the tall thin neighbor who lives in the adjoining house, comes over and tries to rearrange the furniture. Despite a glass of tart lemonade to "give them pluck," Dash is soon sound asleep. Looking out his window, Pinch realizes that Dash's curtains with their "daring dashes of red" match the offending couch. The book ends with a pleased Pinch watching the movers get the couch-and his sleeping friend-up Dash's steps. These friends were introduced in Pinch and Dash Make Soup (Charlesbridge, 2012), and their second adventure features the same easy-to-read format and droll humor. Bright watercolor illustrations provide emerging readers with plenty of textual clues. This early chapter book makes a welcome addition to most collections.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
- Heather Christensen
When a couple of determined movers deliver an unwanted couch from his Aunt Hasty, lazy Pinch finds himself in a bind. The large couch is much too big for his living room, and its "daring dashes of red" clash terribly with his blue curtains with the "pleasing pinches of orange." He asks his best friend and neighbor, Dash, for help, but the two only succeed in trapping Pinch in the corner. After a much needed lemonade break, Pinch realizes that while the couch does not fit his life, it might be a perfect fit for his good friend. The snappy dialogue and touches of humor will keep new readers connected through all six short chapters. Yezerski's watercolor illustrations visually capture the two indeterminate animals' personalities. The curmudgeonly, lethargic Pinch is short, round, and dressed in a striped robe and pajamas; while the easy going, energetic Dash is tall and lean, neatly dressed in a collared shirt and jeans. While very different, Pinch and Dash demonstrate that friendship trumps all problems, not unlike other famous early reader duos, from Lobel's Frog and Toad to DiCamillo's Bink and Golly. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
An oversized couch with "daring dashes of red" causes a conundrum for understated Pinch. Will good friend Dash find a way to make it work? Daley and Yezerski pair up again (Pinch and Dash Make Soup, 2012) for a slice-of-life story told in six brief chapters. They ably move the plot along while watercolor-and-ink illustrations inject humor into this odd-couple approach to dealing with a dilemma. Pinch is put out that Aunt Hasty has sent him her couch for safekeeping after moving to a tiny apartment. This huge piece of furniture is too big and too bright for Pinch's quiet aesthetic. His home has blue curtains with "pleasing pinches of orange" and a "snug chair." Gruff movers Push and Shove just want to get the job done. They leave the sofa in the middle of Pinch's house after pushing and shoving everything else out of the way. In comes Dash to help rearrange. After more futile pushing and shoving, Pinch is still not happy. Dash, however, finds the couch's cushions "just right" and settles in for a snooze. Hot and frustrated, Pinch opens his windows and notices the breeze blowing Dash's curtains on the other side of their duplex--and they are "curtains with daring dashes of red!" A whispered call to Push and Shove leads to a satisfying conclusion. A good choice for newly independent readers not quite ready for longer fiction. (Early reader. 5-8)