I just read a tweet where a book blogger joked about how, ‘No, the picture book stack that she carried around was not for small children.’ Sometimes I feel the same way at the library or bookstore when I dart childless into the teen and children’s room. Nope, I am not a creeper as the security guard who once followed me in probably thought. I just want to read all of the books. I am especially excitable when I see colored pencil and water colored animals. I am a sucker for cutesy critters with big eyes. What can I say? That is why when I found Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker—a new zoo picture book—I had to request the title on NetGalley. Sloth and I could seriously be besties as she loves to live the relaxed life full of sunset watching, friends, and of course, food.
A Book Review Of Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker
The zoo is adopting a new animal, Sloth, and she is quite the sweetie pie. Adorable and one to take her time, Sloth is excited to meet new friends. Exiting with a yawn and a stretch, Sloth watches as all of her new housemates roam around the zoo.
However, this not just any zoo; this is the Zoooooom. As you can imagine with total cuteness, these animals are on the go. In fact, the zebras run so fast that they loose their stripes. The parrots are so quick in the sky that they leave trails of rainbows. The monkeys don’t even have time to grab the trees. With everyone so busy, fast, and running late, our dear little sloth has a slow-growing problem: She cannot make a friend. Who has time for friendship in this busy world?
The animals are a little insulting to Sloth, asking her if she doesn’t have anything better to do. But Sloth has the ultimate life and mindset. She takes time to admire nature, basks in the sun, and lives a sleepy life that is true to her nature. Gosh, I just freaking love her.
On the verge of depression, Sloth meets the perfect friend. SNAIL! Even though it takes her half a day to get down the tree, they meet for food and bevies. Spoiler alert: All of the other animals are getting tired and want a treat too. I mean, I see drinks and stop immediately. Sloth makes new friends in her new home while staying Sloth-like. Cue the audible, “Awwwww.”
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Sloth at the Zoom is the perfect zoo picture book for pre-school to second graders, or adults who frequent the children’s book section in a non-weirdo way.
The moral about slowing down and enjoying life is a reminder that we all need. Paired with light-hearted illustrations and humor, I could not recommend this title more. I love that the zebras loose their stripes, and I cracked up at the subtle illustrations of the sun setting as Sloth slowly crawled down to meet Snail. The image of the parrots painting the rainbow sky is imaginative brilliance. I just made myself all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, who doesn’t love books about sloths? Even when you conduct a keyword search for SEO, ‘cute sloth pictures’ is a highly searched term. Kudos to Becker for creating a health and wellness picture book for the entire family.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Owlkids Books for providing me with a free copy of Sloth at the Zoom in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Orbie. (OwlKids Books 2018).
Zoo picture book for pre-k to 2nd grade.
Learn more about award-winning author, Helaine Becker, here.
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