Thursday, August 15, 2013
A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke
Release Date: 3/5/2013
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About the Book: Get to know some of the rescued residents of the Aviarios del Caribe sloth sanctuary with up close photos that are too adorable to resist.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, let's be honest here. You're going to pick this book up for one reason and one reason only: the pictures of baby sloths are just too cute. I don't think anyone could look through the pages of this book without going "awwww" over the cuteness of the baby sloths. They're just so adorable! And looking at their photos is lots of fun. This book will easily sell itself without much booktalking. All you need to do is hold up the cover and readers will start squealing.
What you're not going to pick this book up for is for high literary quality. There are some facts about sloths interspersed in the text. But I felt that the author was trying too hard to be cute and funny in the writing that it fell flat. I would have preferred just some interesting facts about the sloths instead of the text trying to personify each sloth with try to hard humor. (And I'm a person who totally personifies every animal I meet!) But in this book, it just felt a bit forced. I also was a bit disappointed to note that the website the author directs to doesn't actually work, and instead is a tumblr that I only found via Google. Not the best for students wanting to do additional research on sloths.
I do think the text does make it accessible for young readers. But the main selling point is the fact that sloths are cute, they're becoming incredibly popular, and it's just fun to look at pictures of them. You can't deny that baby sloths are adorable!
Full Disclosure: reviewed from finished copy I checked out from my local library