Think I misused “literally” in the tabloidy headline? Not so fast.
Bud was a kid just like a lot of kids. He had parents. You probably have a parent or two, or an adult who loves you and take care of you. He liked pizza and ice cream. You probably like pizza and ice cream too. He liked to watch TV. You probably like to watch TV too. Now, I told you Bud liked to watch TV. He liked TV too much. His friends couldn’t get him off the couch. His parents couldn’t get him off the couch.
Over time, Bud changed….
Here’s a little video I made of the author reading the book, accompanied by the genius musical stylings of Oranga Tanga (formerly Brevard Busking Coalition):
(And no, this Bud has nothing in common with Stompin’ Tom Connors’ song of the same name!)
The hardcover book is even better. The illustrations are eye-popping, and kids (and a surprising number of teens and adults) really love reading it over and over, usually to new “victims” who have yet to be thrilled by a boy turning, quite literally, into a couch potato.
I won’t tell you what happens next—but there are three different endings to Bud’s story.