Two sloth friends explore the world beyond their tree in this sweet graphic novel.
Odd-couple sloths Peter and Ernesto live together in a tree, contentedly watching clouds and snacking on hibiscus. Peter bursts into joyful song: “Nothing ever changes for you and me!” Unfortunately for Peter, this has an unintended effect: Ernesto realizes he needs to see more of the world and decides to depart for his journey immediately, leaving worrywart Peter behind. As his concern for Ernesto spirals, Peter frantically decides to follow his friend and make sure he’s safe. The story alternates between the separated duo as Peter follows in Ernesto’s footsteps. They each cross oceans and make new friends before finally reuniting and returning home. Annable’s soft, expressive illustrations juxtapose Ernesto’s easy, optimistic joy with Peter’s apprehensive courage as they explore the world for the first time. Clearly delineated panels ensure that newer readers won’t lose their way. Perplexingly, Annable veers away from the traditional comedy gold sloths provide, giving the duo speedy, apelike movement, opposable thumbs (and no iconic claws), and knowledge of species outside of their environment. Despite these oddities, many readers will look forward to the next adventure.
A solid pick for readers who have graduated from Elephant and Piggie, Frog and Toad, and Narwhal and Jelly. (Graphic fantasy. 6-9)