The Couch Was A CastleBook - 2006
For Burt and his little brother, spending time on the couch is anything but boring. After all, a couch can go through some remarkable transformations with a little imagination. And so the boys ride the couch like a horse and envision a cowboy pursuit. Later the sofa doubles as a pirate ship battling the stormy seas. But when some stage-couch theatrics end in tears, it's up to Burt to rescue his little brother's feelings ... and the fun.
Ruth Ohi draws on her cast of guinea pig characters introduced in Clara and the Bossy to tell a new and 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 boy's 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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