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Book Review: The Couch Potato by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald

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"The Cool Bean" by Jory John (cover)
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Genre: Picture Book
Series: Bad Seed #4
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: The Couch Potato has everything he needs within reach of his sunken couch cushion. But when the electricity goes out, Couch Potato is forced to peel himself away from the comforts of his living room and venture outside. And when he does, he realizes fresh air and sunshine could be just the things he needs…


REVIEW: The Potato loves nothing more than spending all its free time hanging out on the couch because it’s comfy, cozy, and all it needs is within reach. Oof how relatable, haha! Potato has a pretty sweet setup established, so doesn’t have to move much. Until a power outage forces Potato….OUTSIDE (gasp!).

I liked how MC rediscovers the joys of the outside world and basks in the fresh air. You could say this book is social commentary on being glued to electronics or too much time spent indoors and the importance of getting out more often so you don’t miss out on things. The MC learns that outside can be just as fun and fulfilling as inside.

And I loved when the MC said,

Yes, there’s a great big world out there and I want to be a part of it. In person.” These words stuck out to me.

This is an impactful sentiment that will stick with readers for a long time.

I liked this story. Not as much as the previous books but still relatable and fun with entertaining illustrations.

More by Jory John

Bad Seed
The Bad Seed (#1)
The Good Egg (#2)
The Cool Bean (#3)

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