Sloth & Squirrel in a Pickle by Cathy Ballou Mealey, illustrated by Kelly Collier, Kids Can Press, 9781525302381, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This quirky and delightful story of two unlikely friends is a perfect reminder for young children that acceptance is important. Sloth and Squirrel want to buy a bike, however, they quickly find out they are very expensive! Sloth discovers a nearby pickle factory looking to hire packers. As the manager, Mr. Peacock, interviews them, Squirrel speaks of his ability to work quickly and not sure what else to highlight except Sloth’s ‘reliability’. Off they go into the packing plant and they quickly discover that pickles are slippery, jars are slippery, and floors are too! Their progress is slow, and Mr. Peacock isn’t happy. The pair make a few adjustments to their packing process and work hard all afternoon. 677.5 jars later, Mr. Peacock arrives. He’s still not happy. The jars are packed with upside-down labels. He will only pay for the first six, correctly packed jars. The buddies decide to look on the bright side and celebrate their teamwork. An ingenious and creative surprise ending saves the day. The digitally rendered illustrations include fun details not to be missed.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Readers of all ages will enjoy this fun story, although it is particularly geared toward younger readers.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA
Date of review: 5/23/21