Perfect Picture Book Friday! Mervin the Sloth is About to do the Best Thing in the World by Colleen AF Venable AND Giveaway Winner!!!

It’s PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAY *err* – SATURDAY!!! I know I am late, but I had a busy week which I will tell you about later…

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun story celebrating friendship.

mervinMervin the Sloth is About to do the Best Thing in the World
Written by Colleen AF Venable
Illustrated by Ruth Chan
40 pages – ages 5+

Published by Greenwillow Books on September 13, 2016

Theme/Topic- Friendship

Genre-  Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “‘There you are, Mervin!

What are you…’

[falling letters from the sky] Mervin the Sloth is about to do the best thing in the world”

Synopsis from Publisher: “Mervin the Sloth is just standing there quietly when giant letters drop onto the page: “Mervin the Sloth is about to do the best thing in the world.” But what is the best thing in the world? What is Mervin about to do? 

It doesn’t take long for all of Mervin’s exuberant animal friends to barge in with their own ideas. Flying! Digging! Gazelling! Wait, gazelling? Is that even a word?

If only sloths weren’t so slow! Because maybe it’s something even better. But only Amy the red panda sticks around to see it.”

What I Thought- This book is a very sweet book about friendship. Mervin never says anything throughout the course of the book, but an observant reader will notice that the illustrations in the book breathing life into the character. The illustrations are very funny and cute and remind me of a comic strip. The writing is simple but effective, with most of the words in dialogue between the characters, and the two sets of falling-letter sentences. The book is quite wonderfully simplistic but the text and illustrations tell a full story. Kids will love flipping through, looking at the animals and reading what they are saying. There is a humor to the book that lends itself to making a great read-aloud.

Activities and Resources- has a good list of friendship activities for kids of all ages HERE.

There is a very in depth list at with friendship crafts, games and other things HERE.

Check out the book’s trailer!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

WAIT!!!!!! Don’t leave yet!!!

Do you guys remember the Groovy Joe book I reviewed, and how I said I would announce the winner on the 5. As you can see, I am a bit late, but the winner is:


Groovy! I’ll be emailing you soon!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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14 replies

  1. I love sloths!! What a cute book.

  2. I would like to do the best thing in the world sometime. I will have to read this book to see what it is…..

    Love and licks,

  3. Enjoyed your review. Sounds like a book kids will have fun with. Love sloths.

  4. Ha loved the trailer. What a fun book for the kids to get involved with. Cute cover. Great review Erik.

  5. I hadn’t heard of Mervin the Sloth, but how adorable. I would imagine most of your weeks are busy weeks, Erik.

  6. Congrats to Sue on the win! Mervin the Sloth sounds like a great one! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  7. Ah, Mervin the Sloth is adorable! It’s interesting that he doesn’t speak throughout the whole book. And now I’m curious what the best thing in the world could be! (Making cake? Forming friendships? Saving the day?!)

    Also, congratulations to Sue for winning the Groovy Joe book!

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