- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Hardcover: 52 pages
- Publisher: Axios Press (September 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604190620
- ISBN-13: 978-1604190625
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,058,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bud the Spud Hardcover – September 16, 2012
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"As a pediatrician for forty years, I have seen my share of couch potatoes increase alarmingly. This funny book brings home a great message in a light-hearted way. Let's hope the point is received for homes with potatoes that they cannot make into salad."
--Loraine Stern, MD, FAAP, co-editor of Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know
"Kids will love this book! With a very pointed message that Bud's story provides, conversations will ensue about the dangerous results of becoming a couch potato, be it from over consumption of television or computerized games."
--Kathy Teitelman, National Board Certified Teacher and a third grade teacher for 25 years in Ohio
"Java John creatively illustrates this fantastic story in a manner both colorful and creepy. The design of Bud as a Spud is interesting enough on its own to push the moral of this cautionary tale."
From the Author
Many years ago, in the land of Gainesville, there lived two children. A sister and brother. And they liked to watch TV. Their favorite channel was created by an evil mouse, and they would watch it from when the got up to when they left for school and when they got home to when it was bed time and, on weekends, from waking up to going to sleep.
One day they were watching a new show. It was a show about playgrounds around the country. They sat and watched kids playing while, outside, the sun was shining and the air was crisping on a spring day as lovely as any had ever been.
Perhaps, at some point, the kids should have been let back in.
Thus was Bud the Spud born, to tell your kids what will happen if they become couch potatoes. Why? So you won't have to.
This story, this special story, this story you hold in your hands, is not just a work of art. No. it is a tool. A field-tested instrument honed to auditory and interactive perfection with participants ages four to sixty. At least I think sixty. She looked like sixty. It's sometimes so hard to tell. Anyway....
It was developed to be read aloud. And read aloud it was to kindergarten, first, second and third grade classes, middle school classes. High school classes, collective classes, mixed classes in pods. Each time a something fell flat, it was changed. If the rhythm failed to leave an obvious place to pause for a response or the response did not come, it was fixed. Tuned and retuned, again and again. I'm telling you--you can't mess this up. Really.
Can it be read silently? I'm glad you asked. Yes. High school and middle school classes tried it and, sure enough, loved it. Then we read it aloud to them and they loved it again. Each experience a little different.
So have no fear. This field-tested, well-honed, finely tuned instrument of joy and instruction will bring delight to you and your kids. No matter what age your kids are. Your grandkids too. And great-grandkids. And the kids across the street. Any kids. Any age.
So take it home, bring it to school, give it as a present, read it at bedtime. If you do, your teeth will shine, your luck will improve and your kids will thank you. I promise at least one of those things will happen.
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Why are We Fat?*, Paul Kramer
*This is a great book with an unfortunate title. You can photocopy the story and skip the title page.
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Artichoke's Heart, Suzanne Supplee
The Fat Boy Chronicles, Diane Lang
Fat Kid Rules the World, K. L. Going
The author, Adam Tritt has taken a humorous approach to a very serious matter of childhood obesity. He pulls no punches when he describes the dangers of "vegging" in front of the TV all day.
Bud the Spud - CoverBud is just a kid, pretty average it seems. He likes pizza, ice cream and most of all he likes to watch TV. What happens when a kid eats way to much junk food and watches way to much TV and never goes out to play. When his friends and family can't pull him off the couch, he turns into a "Couch Potato!" You will have to read the book to find out what happens next!
I have mixed feelings about the book. It has really driven the point home to my daughter (she's 3) that she needs to get up and play instead of sitting in front of the TV all day. We read the book to her the first time a month ago and I have noticed a change in her. She will ask if she will turn into a couch potato. For a while she believed that she would literally turn into a potato, so I had to sit down and explain to her that it's just something we say to describe someone who is lazy and just watches TV all day.
If your child is young and/or sensitive to imagery then you may want to take a close look at the book before you read it with your child. I'm glad I took a moment to peek through the book first. The images can be alarming as well as some of the endings. The author has written three different endings to the book. We choose to read only ending 2 to our daughter as the other two endings are a bit to disturbing.
While I am not sure how I feel about the book, my daughter enjoys it. We have read the book multiple times and each time she finds something new to find in the pictures. The book really drives home the importance of being active to her in a way that she can understand.
Although the book may not be for every child, it does open up the lines of communication. My daughter and I had the discussion about why Bud became a couch potato and how not to become one, and now she tells her Daddy that if he watches to many cartoons on Saturday morning he'll turn into a `tater too!
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my completely honest opinion above and may differ from yours.