I absolutely love the cover of Snoozefest: sloth in a hammock with strings of lights hanging all around. The title fonts are reminiscent of Broadway lights. It is one of those eye-catching, off-the-wall covers that just sucks you in. The book itself is a bit less exciting, but it still original and enjoyable: that hammock and those strings of lights and PJ’s all poke fun at summer concert festival rituals. Pretty cute book.Available on Amazon
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All the toes and paws for “Sparky!” are for the illustrations, which are lovely. The plot and characters were unappealing, except for the sloth (whom I wanted to tear off the page and set free). The mother in the book tells her daughter, “You can have any pet you want as long as it doesn’t need to be walked or bathed or fed,” which pretty much set the tone. First, I’d rather parents break news properly (“you can’t have a pet”) and, second, sloths should never be pets—that the daughter chooses one, rubs me the wrong way. I wish the author had rewritten the story, using the great illustrations, in some more palatable way.
The story of Sloth’s Shoes is sweet and fun and kids will love the parade of animals doting on Sloth on his birthday. But the words get a bit bogged-down. An editor (or further passes by the author) should’ve flagged “‘Peanuts!’ proffered the Pangolin.” as a bit challenging for parents to stop and explain to their little ones. The illustrations are fun but it is likely a one-time read. It doesn’t feel like one that you (or your kids) will grab time and time again.read more Available on Amazon
Go Sloths! I’m rooting for them. Score One for the Sloths is a fun read with a great female lead. Really sheds a good light on brainpower (and gir-lpower). It doesn’t give sloths much credit (again, any book that paints them as slow and slow only is so far from the full picture), so it is hard to see it as a score for them. But, in fact, the brainiac go-getter gal sloth makes a great heroine and I give it generally high marks (one toe missing from Burrball is all).read more Available on Amazon