The Couch Was a Castle (A Ruth Ohi Picture Book)

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9781554510139: The Couch Was a Castle (A Ruth Ohi Picture Book)

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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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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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. (Linda Ludke PaperTigers.org)

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