Lost Sloth

Quirky, funny tale of a sloth "rushing" to accept a prize.

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Educational value

Offers an opportunity to talk to kids about the slowness of sloths as a species and game shows that reward winners with shopping sprees -- and explain what a shopping spree is.  

Positive messages

Try your best and keep your eyes on the prize, even if you're not as fast as other creatures. 

Positive role models

Sloth is enthusiastic, tries his hardest, rolls with the punches, and keeps pushing on, even when he misses his bus or gets lost, and even though he keeps falling asleep. 

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lost Sloth is a funny story about a sloth trying his best to hurry to receive his prize: a department store shopping spree. The humor comes in Sloth's inability to get there fast -- despite the narrator's call to "Hurry, Sloth!" -- because, hey, he's a sloth! But with determination, a little luck, and some friendly assistance, he makes it.  Fans of author-illustrator by J.Otto Seibold's Olive the Other Reindeer, will enjoy the busy pages packed with fun details. 

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What's the story?

Sloth gets a phone call that he's too slow to pick up, but the voicemail message says he's won a shopping spree and has just three hours to get to the store and claim his prize! He doesn't exactly know what a "spree" is, but he's glad he's won one. He rushes as fast as he can, but keeps getting off track and falling asleep! He misses his bus, takes a shortcut through the zoo, gets lost, and finally finally gets there via hang glider in the nick of time. But he falls asleep when he smashes into a pillow display!

Is it any good?


LOST SLOTH is a funny, silly story with lots to look at in the distinctive, stylized, vibrant art of J. Otto Seibold. With its humorous tone, funny situations, and adorably slow, sleepy, and clueless main character, it should offer many giggles in multiple readings. Kids will love chiming in on the refrain, "Hurry, Sloth!" -- which may remind parents of trying to get kids dressed, fed, and out of the house in the morning.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about sloths. Are they really slow and sleepy? 

  • Check out a video about sloth and see how real ones behave in the wild. Or go to a zoo and see one in person. 

  • Why do you think kids (and grown-ups) like funny animals stories so much?

Book details

Author:J. Otto Seibold
Illustrator:J. Otto Seibold
Genre:Picture Book
Topics:Wild animals
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:McSweeney's McMullens
Publication date:June 11, 2013
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4 - 8
Read alone:6 - 8
Available on:Hardback

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