He Came with the Couch

October 1, 2012

By Amy Hackworth.

When Sophie’s family goes looking for a new couch at a rummage sale, they inadvertently get a new family member in David Slonim’s He Came with the Couch. The unexpected addition is painfully shy, and Sophie’s family does all they can to help him get off the couch. In the end, the only thing that can really motivate him is his loyalty to Sophie and her family in this really sweet and funny story about friendship and kindness.

One of the best things about children’s books is the opportunity to believe in something more than a little nonsensical — a quiet little creature who just comes with a couch. But the idea is definitely grounded in reality; have you ever thrifted something that included a hidden treasure, like a pair of pants with coins in the pocket or a book with a dollar bill between the pages? It feels like winning a lottery, doesn’t it?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 susan October 1, 2012 at 7:50 am

It looks like such a cute story. Love the idea about including a surprise when you thrift something. I am off to the Goodwill today and will leave ‘a little something’ in a pants pocket…………..


2 Amy Hackworth October 1, 2012 at 11:46 am

Susan, I love this idea! Definitely good karma!


3 Heather October 1, 2012 at 7:57 am

Your children’s book posts are really helpful for me. I read the post and then just add to my amazon wishlist, then every so often place an order. I always love adding new books to our collection and I really trust your opinion. Thank you for curating such great resources for children.


4 Marisa October 1, 2012 at 8:37 am

We love this book! I picked it up at the library, thinking it would be cute and silly. I didn’t expect it to be so heartwarming. :)


5 Corrie Anne October 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

Don’t even have kids and I’m tempted to look for it today at the library! :)


6 Ivonne October 1, 2012 at 9:49 am

This book is in our bookshelve! We have it in spanish. :)


7 Robin October 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

When I was a poor college student I bought a beautiful camel hair mens jacket at the thrift store. It came with first rate ballet ticket stubs in the pocket. It brought a sense of luxury into my days.


8 Amy Hackworth October 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Sometimes it’s the little things… :)


9 Melissa October 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

We love this book!!!


10 Kim @ design + life + kids October 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm

This story is wonderful! My mother-in-law gave a copy to my girls and they loved it. She originally bought it for her brother-in-law (in his 60s) who after a surgery was stuck to the couch for a while. :) Puts a smile on faces of all ages


11 Amy Hackworth October 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm

What a perfect gift for a recovering patient!


12 se7en October 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Oh we love this book!!! We took it out the library so many times that they “not very gently” asked us to buy our own copy – ho hum… we did!!! But every time it comes into the house we gift it on!!!


13 Amy Hackworth October 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Ha! That’s so funny that the library asked you to buy it!


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