Author: Lehrhaupt, Adam
With encouragement from his mother and animal friends, a nervous young Sloth makes his first, dangerous climb down the tree to take care of important business. Includes facts about sloths and how they "poop."
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/20)
Booklist (+) (04/15/20)
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Booklist - 04/15/2020 *Starred Review* Little Sloth uncertainly sets out on a task that (aside from a spoiler on the cover) remains ambiguous through multiple hints and double entendres (What if something happens?” “What if nothing happens?”) until, eventually, he reaches the ground, selects a spot, and sits down to do his doody. Shum declines to show anything explicit in the cartoon illustrations, but he does make comic gold of Sloth’s slow, slow progress down a tree trunk, as rain forest residents cheer him on, and also his sequence of changing expressions as he sits . . . and waits . . . until, with a happy dance, proclaims, “I did it!” In an afterword as entertaining as the main story, Lehrhaupt explains that sloths, who “lead a very chill lifestyle,” rarely need to poop, but they brave jaguars and other predators when they do, by actually climbing down to the forest floor, and can lose 33 percent of their entire body weight in one dump. He also allows that potty training can be a tough time for humans, too, even without jaguars to worry about, and thinks that he’ll try that happy dance himself (“It sounds like fun!”). Younger children inspired by Sloth’s courage and independent spirit may likewise be drawn to dance along after their own successful (e)missions. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
Booklist - 04/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.