Sleepy Mr Sloth

Written by Paul Kennedy, Designed by Nick Mulgrew, Illustrated by Graham Paterson


Text and Images from Sleepy Mr Sloth

One day, Mr Sloth came
to visit. He said:
I’m sleepy! I need a good
branch for a bed!
Yawn! Yawn! Yawn!

I’m quite good at climbing.
I know how to swing.
But sleeping’s my favourite,
favourite thing!



This branch looks lovely!
I think I’ll sleep here.
And you? Don’t you think
that’s a splendid idea?

Oh no, Mr Sloth! A giraffe’s
eating there!
He might think you’re lunch
and start nibbling your hair!


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Comments 2

  • it was a nice short story an my daughter enjoyed it

  • Danielle (site editor) writes:
    Great rhyme and an entertaining story for young children

    Hanna writes:
    Very cool and interesting love it

    jayden writes:
    i loved this book because…… it was funny and silly

    David Ramon Castillo writes:
    Jason liked the book, its better than magic school bus.

    Adrian writes:
    This book is cool, the bees are cool, it’s all cool

    Genevieve writes:
    Very good pace. Nice simple but appealing idea working with a well known characteristic of sloths. Sweet ending for little ones. Thoroughly enjoyed.


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