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Mervin the Sloth Is about to Do the Best Thing in the World
by Colleen AF Venable and Ruth Chan


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.

This inventive picture book balances zany, pitch-perfect humor with warmth and heart--and irresistibly huggable animal characters. Fans of The Book with No Pictures and The Monster at the End of This Book will delight in the way it plays with form, makes you laugh out loud, and introduces us all to our new, very slow-moving best friend.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780062338471
  • ISBN-10: 0062338471
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Mervin has top billing, but the real star of Venable’s (the Guinea Pea, Pet Shop Private Eye series) semi-metafictional story is the title itself. Rendered in chunky block letters, it drops (slowly) into the first spread and serves as narrative scaffolding for everything that follows. Having made its announcement about Mervin—who is placidity on steroids—the title draws an ever-growing group of animal kibitzers. Debating what Mervin is going to do, a bird (who has crashed into the word the) announces, “Everybody knows that the best thing in the world is...” but before he can say “flying,” a gopher chimes in with “Digging!” As more characters gather around the typography, the speculation runs the gamut from “Mervin is going to do all our homework!” to “Mervin’s going to invent a time machine!” The “best thing” revealed at the end (also announced in giant type) is both sweet and something of a letdown. But the repartee that precedes it and Chan’s (Where’s the Party?) cartoon choreographing of the argumentative cast crackle with silly energy. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.)

 
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