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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
The Secret Life of Sloan the Sloth by Aaron Fox with illustrations by Stacy Wallingford is a children’s picture book about a sloth named Sloan who has a secret identity. This author has perfected the ability to pack quite a good bit of humor into only 32 colorfully filled pages. The expressions on some of the other animals' faces are spot on for the situations that they find themselves in, and there is a modern feel to the story line itself. One of my favorite pages had the illustration of Sloan holding a newspaper up with the caption “JAGUAR UP TO NO GOOD” and then a picture below of the jaguar.
Aaron Fox’s The Secret Life of Sloan the Sloth engaged me almost immediately. As an all-round animal lover, I’m always up for seeing animals taking on human-like roles and qualities. I felt that while the story was entertaining, it also imparted some facts about the nature of sloths in general to children and adult readers. This would be a great book to be introduced into elementary schools and pre-schools as an educational tool. If I had to compare The Secret Life of Sloan the Sloth to any other medium, I would compare it to Disney Pixar animated films. It has something for children, assuredly, but there is something there that will grab the attention of adults to bring a smile to their faces; something that possibly a child would not be able to relate to yet. A great book for anyone who loves animals and loves to laugh.