Good to be back; it’s been a while! This week I’m bringing you a review that covers a wacky fictional story with some very interesting facts thrown in to pique your curiosity.
The name of the book is What We Found in the Sofa and How it Changed the World. In it, author Henry Clark introduces us to River, Freak and Fiona, three good friends who happen to be the last three children of the last three residents of the Sunnyside subdivision of Cheshire. They are the last because the other residents vacated the premises to escape the mysterious coal seam fire that has been burning for twelve years.
Since River, Freak and Fiona are always the first students to be picked up at the school bus stop, they are the first to find a mysterious old sofa sitting where they usually stand.
Thinking it must have been thrown out by old Mr. Underhill who lives in the mansion on the hill, they search under the cushions and find a Zucchini crayon and a fishhook.
Here is where the adventure begins, and what an adventure it is!
The children learn strange new words, like “tessor” in “tessoring sofa.” They meet new people who are out of this world — literally — like Mr. Disin with the video store and the slogan, “Listen to Disin.”
They encounter a Zucchini crayon, a talking domino, an evil billionaire, and singing flash mobs who seem to be under mass mind control. They must also defy clones, find portals to another world, and even outwit a ghost with an axe and a detachable jaw.
The non-stop action in this delightful book is sometimes creepy, but never dull or tiring. The book targets the middle grades (grades 6-8, or ages eleven to thirteen), but I believe children a little younger and those slightly older will love it, too.
The book’s cover is both colorful and eye-catching and is sure to coax children into looking inside to see what it’s all about. But other than the cover, there’s not much in the way of pictures, so be forewarned that this is definitely not a picture book.
The part sci-fi and part mystery is fast-paced and exciting enough to keep the reader turning those pages until the very end.
As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it for independent and emerging readers of all ages!
Until the next review,