The adventure of a lifetime begins between two sofa cushions…
River, Freak, and Fiona are friends only at the bus stop. Bit that all changes the day an odd colored sofa appears at the bus stop and they decide to check under the cushions. When they find a rare zucchini colored crayon and start an online auction. However, their conscience gets the better of them and they decide to check with the probable previous owner of the sofa, who turns out to be an alien named Alf. Alf is trying to stop an evil plot to take over the world.
355 pages 978-0316206662 Ages 10-13
Recommended by: Alice Cyphers, Pennsylvania USA
Clever, quirky, and classic, What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World is a gem of a book!This is wild and wacky adventure at its finest. From a talking domino to a nutty neighbor named Alf to a sofa from outer space, Henry Clark's madcap novel will captivate and entertain readers.
When friends Fiona, Freak and River find a rare zucchini colored crayon in an abandoned sofaby their school bus stop, their adventure begins. Fiona does some research and finds out the rare crayon was manufactured in 1944 and is worth thousands to the right bidder. She puts the crayon in an online auction, and the bidding gets to $7000.00 right away. The kids can't believe their good luck, but then they realize that the sofa may belong to the old guy who lives in the Underhill place. They decide to tell the rightful owner about the crayon.
They discover from a voice at the gate that Old Man Underhill has died and that the new neighbor's name is Alf and he's interested in their crayon and in meeting them. He tells the kids an outlandish tale of a billionaire inventor who has destroyed the middle of their town turning it into a cesspool of smoky ashes. Now Edward Disin is after their crayon. He has a strange disorder that makes it impossible for him to have an incomplete collection of anything. Compulsive Completist Disorder, or CCD, is the inability to tolerate incomplete collections. Disin cannot do anything until he gets the one crayon he is missing from his 1944 Victory Garden crayon box--the zucchini colored crayon.
Alf plans to invite collectors to an auction at the Underhill house and capture the elusive billionaire, turning him over to the authorities, and he wants the kids to help. The kids get themselves into a number of sticky situations and somehow find their way out of them with spunk and wry wit.
Laugh out loud comedic dialog jumps off the pages! This is comedy done just right. Think Lemony Snicket with high comedy and clever charm.
Highly, highly recommended grades 5-up.
Pamela Thompson, MLIS, Library Media Specialist, Texas USA
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