Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Walking and Listening "What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World"

Clark, Henry. What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World. 5hrs. 40 min. Hachette Audio. 2013. $59.99. ISBN 9781478980896. Digital Download from OverDrive. 

I live in a place where it is not unusual to see a sofa someplace other than a living room. People have them in their garages, lanais and backyards. You name it, I've seen a sofa there. So if I had seen a sofa on the side of the road as River, Freak and Fiona had, I wouldn't have even thought twice about it. They however were quite taken aback by it. After stumbling upon the sofa while waiting for the school bus, they decide to check it out , rummaging through the cushions. After finding various odds and ends between the cushions, like a domino, a zucchini colored crayon and a sock, they make a plan to return early the next morning to spend more time with the sofa. Fiona is intrigued by the zucchini colored crayon and learns how incredibly rare it is. After telling the boys about it and its potential value, they decide to sell it on ebay. While bidding for this crayon goes through the roof, River doesn't feel right about auctioning off something that technically doesn't belong to them. He convinces his friends to knock on the door of Mr. Underhill, whom they believe the sofa belongs to, to ask for permission in selling the crayon. They soon discover that Mr. Underhill passed away several years ago. The man who is currently living in the house, Alf, needs the children's help and used the sofa (did I mention that it can tesser?) to get their attention. Why you ask? Well, it turns out that their town is slowly being brainwashed by Edward Disin, an evil criminal mastermind, who plans to turn the residents into slaves and strip Earth of all its worth, leaving it just a shell of its former self. The crayon and the children are the key to stopping him.

The narrator, Bryan Kennedy, did a great job differentiating his voice for each character. I loved the variety of voices that Guernica took on, each unique to the form Guernica had taken. At first I was annoyed by the pronunciation of Guernica, it didn't match how I pronounced it, emphasizing the "nee" part of the word. It turns out I have been saying it all along. See, you really can learn something from listening to an audio book.

With summer in full swing, so is bike riding. I stumbled upon many bikes while out walking and listening to this book. This is my favorite bike picture.

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