What We Found in the Sofa (and How It Saved the World)

What We Found in the Sofa (and How It Saved the World)

Book - 2013
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Finding a rare zucchini-colored crayon leads twelve-year-old River Monroe and his friends on an adventure with their eccentric neighbor to save Earth from invading interstellar storm troopers.
Publisher: New York ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316206662
0316206660
Characteristics: 355 pages : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Holmes, Jeremy - Illustrator

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Tabaqui
Aug 14, 2016

Hilarious. Absolutely, positively hilarious. The premise of an intelligent computer disguised as furniture is pure genius, and the tessering couch is the cherry on top. I loved the friendship between the main characters and how Fiona gradually let herself be seen with the boys. (The flash mobs where no one remembers what they did are pretty great too :) To end this, I have two questions. Was I imagining the Lord of the Rings references or not? Also, did anyone else notice that GORLAB spelled backward is Balrog? Just wondering...

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Love_Legolas_111
Apr 25, 2016

I seriously stumbled across this book on the shelf at my library and checked it out because the title intrigued me. I got such a pleasant surprise! The entire premise of the book sounds completely bizarre and wacky, and make no mistake, that's exactly what it is. But it's an organized sort of weird chaos with plenty of action and humorous scenes throughout. I loved the three main kids. River to me is actually reminiscent of Percy Jackson (of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan), and although it's an EXTREMELY HUGE genre jump (and jump in my personal favorite books) to completely compare the two, River's sense of (almost) idiotically obvious humor reminded me somewhat of Percy (though Percy is still KING in my book, and not just because of his sassy sense of humor ;D). Freak was entertaining, and so was Fiona. The dynamic the three kids had that showed up through their interactions and dialogue amongst each other was superb. And the quirky items that play key roles in the story, all of which center around the sofa, added another layer of kooky to the plot.
No book is without its flaws, of course however. The parallel universe that seems to be a big part of the story isn't explained as well as I would've liked. Some points don't get complete closure and are tidied up without any finalizing resolve. I don't know if I wold call them big things, but they're still there. All in all, though, Clark's book here is a little surprise package.
Or a little atomic bomb of humor.
You could look at it either way.

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Aug 14, 2016

Tabaqui thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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M02V thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

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