J. Hemenway is a deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In addition to having
an associate degree in Administration of Justice, he is a member of BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.), the International Police Association
and the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. In 1993, Steve began writing “The Slouch in
the Couch” series of children’s learning books. People loved it and huge success followed.
He formed a band and Incorporated, “The Slouch & Friends, Inc.” Stephen Hemenway
is the author of The Slouch in the Couch, Never Jump on a Grump and The Stinkells in Stankwell.
to the book description of The Slouch in the Couch, “Continuing in the tradition of Dr. Seuss,
Stephen J. Hemenway created "The Slouch In The Couch" as a means of encouraging children to read while teaching
them strong moral values. Using fun rhymes and brilliant illustrations, Hemenway has built an impressive world around the
Slouch in his spare time, including a publication called, "The Slouch Kids Club Newsletter; The Slouch In The Couch website
which is updated frequently; and The Slouch In The Couch Children’s Corner Band, which performs at local events such
as City functions, picnics and amusement parks.”
reader of The Slouch in the Couch said, “I found this book to be very amusing as well as educational
for children. It has a message to kids that it's important to do your homework and also has a glossary in the back. The
illustrations reminded me of the early Disney Classic cartoons. The colors are bright and help bring out the story in this
book. My 9 year old stepson just loved it. I highly recommend this book.”
to the book description of Never Jump on a Grump, “This book is Book #2 in the continuing
series of The Slouch In The Couch learning books. In the World of the Magical Couch, Elroy Slouchinski
becomes bored and decides to take a walk into the forbidden hills which lie behind Slouchville. In the hills, he encounters
the Grumps and pays no attention to the one rule they have - Never ever, never ever, never ever do you
jump, never never never never do you jump on a Grump. This series of books have been written as the "next step"
after Dr. Seuss. As your Childs reading progresses, they begin to read "The Slouch In The Couch" stories, which
retain the rhyme of Dr. Seuss, but are a little more advanced in reading difficulty. Each story has a moral within itself.
Words from the text are taken and placed in the back of the book, called "words of interest" and are defined in
simplistic terms to enhance the Childs vocabulary.”
One reader of Never Jump
on a Grump said “I have had the opportunity to read the first book published by this author, "The
Slouch In The Couch." That book was excellent. This book is just as good and continues on with similar characters. It
looks like this may be a series of books. The illustrations are very good and the message, which is to obey the rules, is
a good basic lesson for young children. This book had twice the glossary as the first book, which I thought was a great enhancement.
I'm looking forward to this author's next "Slouch" publication.”
One reader of Never Jump
on a Grump said, “This colorful book takes you through an adventure into the unknown. The pages keep telling
you that never jump on a grump, but you don't know why. I think it's the curiosity that made me really enjoy this
story. At the end, the message to children was excellent. Also, the pictures looked great. I loved it.”