Joshua’s Bookshelf!: Spud the Couch Potato, by Sean Jackson


[This review is based on the ARC (Advance Reader Copy) digital edition self-published on the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in 2014.]

So what’s it about?
Spud is, quite literally, a couch potato. While his family (all cleverly designed as different variations of potatoes) goes outside, gets exercise, and has fun, Spud sits inside all day long just watching TV. One day, the TV goes black and Spud begins to despair — all he knows is TV, so what is he supposed to do now?! Hesitantly, he goes outside and finds himself invited to play baseball. Spud is apprehensive at first but quickly learns how fun the game is, and he starts spending more and more time outside playing! Who needs TV?!

What did we think of the book?
Spud the Couch Potato is such a fun book, and it sends a really important message. Exercise is so important for all of us, but especially for our children; many of our children are starting to glue themselves to computers and video games, and they’re forgetting how crucial and enjoyable it is to play. That message really struck a chord for me, and I counted myself grateful that Joshua (at this point in time, at least) hates sitting still. The fact that the story was told in rhyme just added to its charm, and the illustrations were beyond adorable. Joshua loved pointing out all the different potatoes and pretending to play games with Spud. As a mom, that’s all I can ask for!

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
Absolutely!! Joshua isn’t a couch potato at this point in his life, but he may be someday. If and when that day comes, Spud the Couch Potato will serve as a great reminder to get off the couch and start moving. This is a book worth sharing with your kids!