A Little Book of Sloth
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A Little Book of Sloth

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Cozy up with adorable baby sloths in this irresistible photographic picture book.Hang around just like a sloth and get to know the delightful residents of the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world’s largest sloth orphanage. You’ll fall in love with bad-boy Mateo, ooh and ahh over baby Biscuit, and want to wrap your arms around champion cuddle buddy Ubu!

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Hardcover, 64 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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karen

okay, so i know i just recently reviewed a sloth book, but then i was out on the town yesterday, i saw this book and i was still so high on sloth-fever, i had to buy it as well. so you are going to have to deal with more sloths from this corner. and i warn you, sloth-fever is super contagious. c'mere and let me cough on you.

cough.

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so, down costa rica way, there is a sloth sanctuary called slothville. there one can find 150 sloths, all different kinds, living in harmony and community, and this bo...more
Lisa
So sloths are all the rage. You may be wondering why. Well get this book and wonder no more. Apparently sloths are the most precious little bundles of fuzz on earth. These pictures are unbelievably cute. These are real sloths from a Costa Rican sanctuary. They have cute little names and funny little habits, like Mateo who likes to cuddle with his yellow and orange stuffed friend, Mr. Moo. You have never seen anything as cute as Mateo getting his snug on with Mr. Moo. The kids and I love this boo...more
Sarah
Before I read this book, I was always unable to answer when people asked what my favorite book was. First place!
Lisa Vegan
This is the first review I’ve tried to write since I learned yesterday about Amazon buying Goodreads. Between my distress over that and other upsets, I’m not in the mood to write reviews, but I’ll take a stab at it. (I have a hard time reading and an even more challenging time writing when I am depressed or anxious, and I’m very nervous about this site’s future.)

However, I’m nervous about having my reviews here now. I do not want Amazon to own them, have control over them, have them on their sit...more
Blanco Meyers
There were some very cute pictures of sloths, and I learned quite a few things about them.

However there were too many inconsistencies with the language and tone.
On one page we read about "cuddle puddles" and "poo poles" and then we encounter "eccentric etiquette", "Swiss finishing schools" and "fancy arboreal acrobatics"
Stick with the simple, effective language to go with the cute pictures, include the facts and ditch the attempt at witty repertoire. It's like an adult trying to speak slang like...more
Michelle
I loved this book so much that I renewed it from the library until I couldn't renew it anymore, and after returning it, I went to Barnes and Noble on the same day to buy it.

Adorable, funny, and (kind of) informative.

Though I picked up the book for adorable photos (it did not disappoint), there were some facts sprinkled in with the super cute sleepy sloth pics and sloth jokes. E.g. There are three-toed and two-toed sloths, and the two toed sloth looks "like a cross between a wookie and a pig."
Natalie
So I was thinking I wanted to get a Labradoodle but now I'm leaning towards sloth. It would sure beat the hell out of those cuddle pillows.
Emily
So freaking adorable. Sloth...in...onesie!!!
Julie
Amazing! Cute pictures, educational & fun! I loved the fact that the author doesn't talk down to her readers, instead she engages us with her conversational style & introduces us to sloths with passion & enthusiasm. This book has wide appeal to people of all ages.
Phyllis
Aly and I read this together and honestly, I never thought I'd ever read a book about sloths. It took about 29 minutes. They're cute! Who knew?
Tasha
Welcome to the world of the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world’s only sloth orphanage. Here you will meet the residents like the queen of the sanctuary, Buttercup, who started the entire thing. Now over 20 years old, she is the oldest sloth living in captivity. She was soon joined at the sanctuary by many others. There are tiny baby twins and others who are so small they have to have clothes made for them out of socks to keep them warm. There are injured sloths who give incredible...more
alana
Okay, sloths are adorable, and there's no doubt young readers would love the photos of these sloth sanctuary inhabitants. However, I was a bit frustrated with some of the vocabulary choices which would necessitate quite a bit of explanation during a read-aloud session (if the vocabulary were mostly scientific in nature, I'd have no issue, but often it's the choice of adjectives or tongue-in-cheek descriptions). While I enjoy the profiles of the individuals sloths, I think the book would benefit...more
Tofu Fairy
1st things 1st...this is a KIDS book. I did not know this when I got it from the library. This doesn't bother me at all, but just letting you know. I read it cover to cover and found it adorably written and entertaining/informative for me as an adult too. It would be great for any kid though of course. The pics are why I wanted to read it. OMG it was sloth heaven in this book. It is mostly pictures with just a bit of info about sloths and a plea to support the Sloth Sanctuary where they all live...more
Rebecca Wilson
Twin Text: Animal Families by Lorrie Mack

Rational:
The fiction book, Animal Families, describes the habits of animals through a sweet story about animal babies and their parents. The non-fiction book, A Little Book of Sloth, follows sloths in a protective reserve in Costa Rica. Both stories connect with students through graphics as well as the heart warming stories. The story of the sloths in Costa Rica is based on an actual reserve and includes graphics of the reserve with the real sloths. The c...more
Brandy
Too ADORABLE! A book about Sloths - correction a really cute, adorable, I want to go through the pages and hug every sloth pictured book. Did I mention cute?
A book about Sloths who have been orphaned and/or injured and taken to this Sloth rescue for rehab filled with: fun facts, a message on relaxing, and lots of cuteness on every page. This is a picture book that everybody will love.
Catherine
I loved Karen's excellent review of this book, so when I saw this on the new lit shelf at the library, I had to check it out, plus y'know...sloths!

I read this with my 5-year-old and we agreed that sloths are ridiculously adorable. Neither of us could decide which species of sloth is actually cuter, the three-toed Bradypus (AKA "Muppet with the medieval haircut and Mona Lisa smile") or the two-toed Choloepus, described as "a cross between a Wookie and a pig." Incidentally, Snook, the stoner slot...more
Mari
This book is OVER-THE-TOP CUTE!!!!
I had not idea that sloths were this cute.
Did I say cute?
SO CUTE!

Great info and awesome photos make this one a keeper. A couple of colleagues brought this around to school visits this spring. So smart! I may do the same next year! It is way-to-cute not to share with large crowds of kiddos.
jess
Jul 24, 2013 jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
It is difficult to imagine a more charming book than this one. It's a whole book about sloths for christssake. They cuddle. They wear little sloth outfits. They have birthday parties. It's like, entirely too much cuteness for one volume and yet Lucy Cooke fit it all in. No one can be grouchy if they just flip through this book.
Kimberly B.
I read dozens of children's books every week and I rarely take the time to review them, but I just had to review this. It is insanely cute!!! I fell in love with Mateo and Mr. Moo. Even if you don't have kids, I recommend looking through this book :)
Sam
I now know that the Sloth is my spirit animal. This book could not have come along at a better time or with a more timely message. My new goals... to chill, hug it out, and to totally work at a Costa Rican Sloth Sanctuary.
Debbie Tanner
Ridiculously adorable pictures of sloths and some adequate text about the people who take and shelter them. Not a ton of information about sloths, but kids will like to look at the pictures.
Jessica
Lots o's sloths. Baby sloths and not-so-baby sloths. Cuteness all around.
Lenore Appelhans
It is my new goal in life to become a sloth caretaker!
Tina
A dare you not to love this book! I triple dog dare you! ;)
Kate
I almost lost it with the sloth in a onesie. Gah! So cute!
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
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Age Group: 5-8 years old

Summary:
Did you know that there are 2 kinds of sloths; some have 2 digit hands while others have 3 digits? Can you believe it takes them 4 weeks to digest one meal? You will these cool facts and many more in Lucy Cook's book about a Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. There are about 150 sloths there that are being protected from poachers & wild predators. Sloths in the wild live much differently than they do in Judy Arroyo's Slothville (www.slothville.com), but the...more
Steven
OMF TEH CUTENESS!
Barbara
I had no idea just how adorable sloths were. I had seen photographs of their adorable faces with gentle eyes and hairy arms, and thought they were an interesting enough species, but I must confess that I prejudged them and regarded their slowness as a negative attribute. Chockfull of photographs of sloths engaged in all sorts of activity--albeit slow activity, even falling asleep while eating--this book describes the unique attributes of some of the 150 orphaned and injured sloths that have foun...more
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