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The Couch Was a Castle

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Two brothers discover that with a little pretending, a couch can be anything.

For Burt and his little brother, spending time on the couch is anything but boring. After all, with a bit of imagination, a couch can go through some remarkable transformations. And so the boys ride the couch like a horse and envision a cowboy pursuit. Later the sofa doubles as a pirate ship battling stormy seas. But when some stage-couch theatrics end in tears, it's ...

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Overview

Two brothers discover that with a little pretending, a couch can be anything.

For Burt and his little brother, spending time on the couch is anything but boring. After all, with a bit of imagination, a couch can go through some remarkable transformations. And so the boys ride the couch like a horse and envision a cowboy pursuit. Later the sofa doubles as a pirate ship battling stormy seas. But when some stage-couch theatrics end in tears, it's up to Burt to rescue his little brother's feelings... and restore the fun.

Ruth Ohi draws on her cast of guinea pig characters, introduced in Clara and the Bossy, to tell an innovative tale for younger children. Ohi's rhyming text makes for read-aloud fun, while her gentle illustrations cleverly show first the reality and then the boys' imagined worlds. A pitch-perfect mix of playtime fun with a hint of sibling bickering makes The
Couch Was a Castle
as honest as it is imaginative.

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Editorial Reviews

PaperTigers.org - Linda Ludke
The simple, rhyming text is brought to life by Ruth Ohi's charming watercolour illustrations. A small picture shows the comfy couch and the brothers play acting (sometimes with colanders on their heads for pith helmets)... The narrative also unfolds through the illustrations. When a dueling sword fight turns a bit rough, little Twitch leaves in tears. Not having any fun alone, Burt reconciles their differences and the couch returns to being "a couch for just me and you." This sweet and playful story is good for one-on-one sharing. Children will enjoy dreaming up imaginary adventures of their own.
The simple, rhyming text is brought to life by Ruth Ohi's charming watercolour illustrations. A small picture shows the comfy couch and the brothers play acting (sometimes with colanders on their heads for pith helmets). The facing full page shows the detailed make-believe adventure. The narrative also unfolds through the illustrations. When a dueling sword fight turns a bit rough, little Twitch leaves in tears. Not having any fun alone, Burt reconciles their differences and the couch returns to being "a couch for just me and you." This sweet and playful story is good for one-on-one sharing. Children will enjoy dreaming up imaginary adventures of their own.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Brief, simple rhymes celebrate the endless possibilities of a child's imagination. A couch can be a castle, "a royal keep," a horse to gallop upon, a jungle hideaway, a pirate ship, or a cave. Two young critters play and cavort in the center of one side of the double page, while the facing page is filled to the edges with the excitement of their imagined adventure. It is lonely being alone in pajamas on the couch at nightfall. Then, another pajama-clad friend or sibling comes along at the end: "The couch was a couch for just me and you." The watercolor images are made for fun. The couch scenes are reasonably realistic, as they use a blanket and pillows as action props. But the imagined actions rely on scenery and objects associated with the make-believe, like a circus tent filled with audience and ringmaster, or an old sailing ship with sailors in the rigging. The anthropomorphic guinea pigs fit right into this gently comic tale. A "Ruth Ohi Picture Book."
PaperTigers.org
The simple, rhyming text is brought to life by Ruth Ohi's charming watercolor illustrations.
— Linda Ludke
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554510139
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Series: A Ruth Ohi Picture Book Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Ohi is the illustrator of more than 40 books for children. This is her fifth book as an author. Her delightful illustrations are familiar to families all over North America. She lives in Toronto.

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