by Bethany Christou
(Templar £11.99, 40 pp) SLOThS seem to be having a moment in children’s books — see also the delightful Super Sloth by Robert Starling (Andersen Press £12.99). This heartwarming story of sluggish Samson, who arrives late for every party because he stops to chat or help all his friends in the forest, is not only beautifully illustrated in this debut outing by the talented Christou, but also carries an important message.
eager not to miss out on the sweet treats, Samson abandons his helpful habits, only to find that he still can’t beat the clock. The answer lies in a twist of trickery by his loyal companions that will bring a smile to every parent’s face, as well as teaching children the importance of friendship and making allowances for others’ characters.