Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? I think many parents and caregivers will be able to relate to this book because it deals with a little baby (a baby sloth) that is trying every tactic not to go to sleep. In this story we meet a baby and mommy sloth getting ready for bed as the sun is slowly rising — they are nocturnal after all. The first time she mentions bed, the baby sloth is not ready because they have not said good night to the moon and the stars. Mommy sloth gives in and they say their good nights to the nighttime sky. Next they need to say good night to the birds and there is also a request for a snack (this is the part where I think many parents will relate!). Finally, baby sloth goes to sleep after momma tells a bedtime story.
What I really liked about this book were the accompanying illustrations provided by Sarah Ward. Young children will have fun finding the same small animals that appear on each page — a fun way to really look at the illustrations while reading the book. It is a calm and soothing story and I think this will make a wonderful bedtime companion. Plus, the twist about going to bed when the sun rises is a great way to introduce nocturnal animals to very young children.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of one and four..
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, daycare centers, preschools, anyone that works with children between the ages of one and four.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer Kristin Guay, former youth librarian
Date of review: September 9, 2019