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Children's Fiction Zoos

Sloth at the Zoom

by (author) Helaine Becker

illustrated by Orbie

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Aug 2018
Zoos, Peer Pressure, Mammals, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2018
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 5


One day, a sloth accidentally gets delivered to the Zoom! She was supposed to be dropped off at the Zzzzzoo, a much more laid-back, slow-paced place. She had been looking forward to long, languorous naps while the sun gently warmed her belly. But at the Zoom, the zebras gallop so fast they leave their stripes in puddles. The monkeys climb so fast they forget to stop at the treetops. And the parrots fly so fast their tails draw rainbows across the sky.

When the sloth tries to make friends, nobody has any time—until the sloth meets a creature who’s a little more her speed, and everyone stops to notice. This is a surprising, delightful, and funny picture book about slowing down to enjoy the little things and making time for what matters.

About the authors


Helaine Becker
est l'auteure de nombreux livres jeunesse primés. Elle a écrit plus de 80
livres, dont Raconte-moi les graphiques : L'histoire de William Playfair et
l'album illustré à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin. Helaine
habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House That Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

Helaine Becker's profile page

ORBIE is a children’s book illustrator, graphic novel creator, and illustrator for newspapers, posters, and marketing materials who lives Cap d'Espoir, Quebec. She is known for her art surrounding themes of birth and motherhood. Sloth at the Zoom will be Orbie’s first English language picture book.

Orbie's profile page


  • Short-listed, Sakura Medal Picture Book
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library’s 2018 First and Best list for readers aged 0–5
  • Commended, Blue Spruce Award Honour Book

Editorial Reviews

“A gentle cautionary tale about pausing to “smell the flowers” for small humans, big humans, and animals. Recommended.”

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"Dedicated to the world’s “slowpokes, dawdlers, and lazybones,” this book takes a loving look at the pleasure of slowing down."

School Library Journal

"This sweet short story would make a terrific read-aloud in an early years’ classroom or library. "

Canadian Review of Materials

“Ms. Becker's rich language and storytelling makes this an excellent choice for a shared read.”

Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Perfectly pitched for preschoolers who are just beginning to understand jokes…a gentle lesson that positive alternatives to hurtling mindlessly through life do exist.”

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