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Slow Loris

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In the zoo, where Slow Loris lives, he's just, well, slow. Boring. It takes him ten minutes to eat a satsuma. An hour to scratch his bottom. Hardly the most exciting sight at the zoo. But Loris doesn't care. He has a night, when the rest of the zoo is sleeping...Slow Loris is a slow loris. In the wild, slow lorises spend their days sleeping in trees, their bodi ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 29th 2008 by Kane/Miller Book Publishers (first published March 1st 2002)
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Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alexis Deacon Fans / Readers Who Like a Slowwww Picture-Book Hero
Recommended to Abigail by: Max
Shelves: zoo, picture-books
Slow Loris - who is, well... a slow loris - liked to take things easy. It took him ten minutes to eat a satsuma, twenty minutes to cross the branch from one end of his enclosure to the other, and an hour to scratch his bottom, and the visitors to the zoo where he lived found him rather boring. So too did his fellow zoo animals, until the night they discovered his secret: that Slow Loris came alive at night...

English picture-book author/artist Alexis Deacon is someone whose books have been sincer
Apr 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: animal lovers, zookeepers, other slow lorises who need encouragement
Shelves: children-ya
surprising facts about the life of a slow loris living with his friends in the zoo. the mexican sombrero pages are my favorite.
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Burton
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book and liked the idea of Loris having a secret life. It also opens children up to thinking about different perspectives and teaching children that there’s more than what you first see.
Amy Beckett
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Loved this one by Deacon! It is visually stimulating and follows the loveable character of Loris who is rather slow in the day time. But as the story progresses the reader learns that Loris has very wild times at night where he truly comes alive. This could be used as an entertaining text for cross-curricular learning, particularly in science following the life of animals that are nocturnal.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books, favorites
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Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love Alexis Deacon's style! This is an imaginative and beautiful story with a message that is very true to my heart- Don't judge a book by its cover, and most importantly: It's okay to take your time over things! I was/am always being criticized for being slow! I recommend all of Deacon's own books and collaborations! ...more
Courtney Bursnell
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book told the tale of a slow loris who was very misunderstood! Everybody thought he was slow and boring, but really they just didn’t know the real him, when he came out to party at night. This is a concept that some children may relate to- people not getting to know the real them! Once everyone got to know the slow loris, they all realised that he was lots of fun. The book also had a comedic factor which children will love, like ‘scratching his bum’, and the little hat he wears at night. I ...more
I had never heard of a slow loris before reading this picture book, but now I'm intrigued! A sweet story of what could be taking place after hours in a zoo. ;) ...more
Zoe Wood
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
About a slow loris who does things really fast at night when no one is looking!
Maryam Sabbar
A really sweet and short picture book for younger children.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a perfect book! I loved, loved, loved the illustrations - slow loris is the cutest! Funny story, too. Would be a great book after a zoo trip where "the animals didn't do anything!" Very fun. ...more
Gabrielle Carolina
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read for class
Apr 25, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked the art, I liked the story, but I don't think the two went together very well. The story is sweet and funny and the art is so dark and dreary. ...more
Ayesha Hussain
Narrative structure:
Slow Loris spends all day doing the bare minimum, from climbing and sleeping he is presented as a being boring by the fellow tourist visiting the zoo and by peers. However unbeknown to others apart from the reader, we know this is certainly not the case. Alexis’ commonly enjoys creating picture books which cover the theme of feeling an outsider and being different (see example, Beegus; croc and bird) from this book both themes are apparent.

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Joelene Lucyinda
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Day in, day out, the unassuming Slow Loris spends most of his time being pointed at and stared at at the local Zoo. With only a limited amount of things to do, from climbing trees, to sleeping, the Slow Loris finds that he unwittingly gains the title of being ‘boring’. However, unbeknownst to the rest of his fellow animals and Zoo Kepers, this most certainly isn’t the case.

Suitable for ages 3 and over, Slow Loris cleverly builds up the humour throughout the story. Alexis Deacon writes a comical
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Slow Loris is a slow loris. All the other animals at the zoo think Slow Loris is boring because he is
All the visitors to the zoo this Slow Loris is boring because his is
But Loris has a secret...
One night the other animals at the zoo learn Loris' secret and discover he isn't quite as boring as they thought.

One of my all-time favorite picture books! A short simple store paired with wonderful illustrations make this book perfect for picture book lovers of all ages.
Slow Loris may be slow during the day, but that's just because at night he's a real party animal.

Parents who aren't too keen on zoos will want to be aware that this book is set in one, and not a very modern one at that. Think the old "Plexiglass menagerie" in which the animal just sits in a barren concrete square with maybe one branch if he's lucky. Modern zoos have moved away from this design.
Shannon Brasher
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun, picture-book, animals
Slow Loris is a book about a Loris at a zoo that is called slow because he moves very slow, takes a long time to complete a task, and sleeps all day. However, the other animals quickly discover that Loris is slow because he is up all night doing wild and fun things. This book would be entertaining for children because of all the silly antics the animals at the zoo get into and would be a good way to discuss nocturnal animals with children.
Jul 23, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
The story is a cute idea, but I didn't like the illustrations all that much or the layout. I din't find the text that intriquing either. I supposed it depends on what age group you were planning on using it with. However, there probably aren't that many fiction picture books about slow loris', so in that case it is pretty cool. ...more
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids who love the zoo and animals
Shelves: kids-books
One of my all time favorite children's books. The illustrations are totally unique as is the story line. A slow loris (a kind of primate for those who don't know) lives at the zoo and everyone thinks he's the most boring animal there. But when the sun sets, this nocturnal primates puts on his party hat and lets loose. It's a cute book about a little know animal that is very dear to my heart. ...more
Hajra Natha
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I looked at this book with my year two class during reciprocal reading. it has great illustrations and a lovely moral at the end. children thoruoughly enjoyed looking at the pictures and making predications about why Slow Loris is slowwwwwwwwww......a great book for reciprocal reading with small groups!!
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This would be a great book to read to a class filled with animal loves. This is a very interesting and exciting book to read. This book explains what a Loris is and their way a life. It also shares the secret life of the Loris while in the zoo.
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love it for my slow storytime and to compare the illustrations with Slowly, Slowly, Slowly says the sloth by Eric Carle.
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
The Loris is slow because he parties all night...soon the other animals catch on and then all of them are slow. I feel like the slow loris.
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Slow loris is the best animal in the world. He loves everything and he is very slow, except when he does things FAST <3
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Good use of lifting flaps and language. Really well put together. Maybe if we all work at it Slow Loris can be the new Bear?
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library
47 months - Not too wordy and cute book. O really enjoyed it and asked to read it multiple times.
Lumi / Otso
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
just fantastic. hilarious.
Darcy Roar
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
one of my absolute favorite children's books. The paintings are amazing and the story is cute and fun. ...more
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Alexis Deacon is an acclaimed author and illustrator. Beegu and Jitterbug Jam, both of which he illustrated, were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year. He lives in London.

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