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Super Sloth

Written by Robert Starling

Illustrated by Robert Starling

Animals Books for Babies and Toddlers Crime / Mystery Featured Books for 3+ readers General Fiction

LoveReading View on Super Sloth

It’s definitely a case of (very) slow and steady winning the race in this amusing and original picture book. Sloth is inspired by the superhero story he finds in a comic book left in the jungle so when mean Anteater starts stealing fruit from the other animals he – leaps is definitely the wrong word – goes into action. It turns out that moving very slowly and looking like a bit of tree are actually useful superpowers. Sloth is an engaging hero and Starling fills the jungle scenes with movement and character. The action builds to a rewarding conclusion, and neatly delivers a message about the value of different types of ability.

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Super Sloth Synopsis

Super Sloth isn't fast. He can't fly. But he is very, very good at moving slowly and looking just like a greenish bit of tree. When his arch enemy Anteater makes off with some prize mangoes, Super Sloth vows to save the day... eventually.

From the creator of Waterstones Prize shortlisted Fergal is Fuming comes Starling's laugh-out-loud tale of one ordinary sloth turned super hero. 

Super Sloth Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review another debut picture book from Robert Starling, Fergal is Fuming. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Jack Radford, age 5 - 'What a fun book - it led to giggles, but also some thoughtful conversations about what it's like to be angry.'
  • Aidan, age 5 - 'I really like this book...This is a funny story and a happy ending.'
  • Aiden’s mum, Sarah - 'We also read it to his two-year-old brother and it worked well for them both. They loved the idea of Fergal setting fire to everything and it was a great way to start a discussion about emotions, reactions and responses.'
  • Abidah & Amatullah Khatun, ages 2 & 7 - 'This is a really nice book, not only because of the loveable characters and beautiful illustrations but I loved the message in the book...She especially loved the front cover and wanted to keep her face through the cut-out and make all the different faces Fergal was making.  
  • George Haine, age 5 - 'I like this book because Fergal keeps burning everything and that’s funny!  Fergal gets really cross and his mum tells him to count to 10 – that’s a good idea! This book is BRILLIANT!'            
  • Ian Eagleton - Teacher - 'A delightful, amusing picture book about managing your feelings and what to do when your anger seems to bubble over...Colourful illustrations complement this quirky story, that's sure to amuse younger children, whilst teaching them a valuable lesson.'
  • Elissa Watkin, age 5  - 'This is a lovely book with amazing pictures that support the story which is enjoyable whilst delivering a good message to younger readers.'
  • Abbie Collings, age 5 - 'Fergal the dragon keeps burning everything up by mistake but he learns to control his anger and finds out there are much more exciting things to do with his fire!'
  • Abbie's mum - 'This book tackles a difficult subject - handling strong emotions- in an appropriate, simple and very clever way.  Fergal the dragon is a very appealing character and it has certainly been great for us in helping give Abbie a way to talk about what to do when she feels cross.'
  • Edith and Cecilia, age 4 ½ & 2 ½ - 'Lovely book about finding a way to calm down when it all gets a but much. Both my children loved it and now have their own ways to calm down, unfortunately, counting to 70 takes a while...Brilliant book and a favourite in our house.'

Super Sloth Press Reviews

...an irresistible new story from rising star Starling -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

Praise for Fergal is Fuming;

A striking and very charming debut about a little dragon learning to cope with his big temper. -- Fiona Noble  The Bookseller

Amusing... Brilliantly simple illustrations with a lot of humour make this a future classic    Books for Keeps, Best Books of 2017

This would be a lovely book to share with children, especially those who might get a little 'Fergal from time to time.    Early Years Educator

Your toddler will laugh along to this funny and engaging picture book of a dragon with a short temper, whilst you hope he picks up some of the clever tricks for cooling down     Pregnancy & Parenting

All schools need a copy of this book... a delightful, thought-provoking read    Books for Keeps

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ISBN: 9781783447169
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783447169
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Robert Starling
Illustrator: Robert Starling
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Animals, Crime / Mystery, General Fiction
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children, Summer Reading

About Robert Starling

Rob began doodling creatures and characters at school and hasn't stopped since. He lives and works in Bristol, and when he's not sketching up new characters or writing down stories he can be found sculpting, brewing coffee, adjusting his headphones or foraging in the kitchen for cake. Oh, and teaching kids. Fergal is Fuming is his first book.

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