Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths by Graham Annable. First Second, 2019. ISBN 9781626725720
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Animal fiction
What did you like about the book? Peter and Ernesto are back from their first adventure (A Tale of Two Sloths) and are just as affable, hapless and funny. This time, the sloth community has lost their tree abode and must find a new one. The sloths journey through the jungle and battle stampeding peccaries, angry ants, slithering snakes and a menacing jaguar. It’s a simple story of adventure, but the characters and the art make it such a pleasure. Peter and Ernesto take things at face value, as you might expect of sloths, and I imagine kids will enjoy pointing out the subtleties they miss. Annable’s photoshop art depicts the animal characters and environment realistically, while playing with pattern and panel size. The simple dialogue and repetitive sloth-talk will delight both early readers and more sophisticated kids. A few pages of information on sloths at the end adds interest.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Offer this to anyone looking for a lighthearted, easy graphic novel.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Children’s graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: April 28, 2019