Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Slowest Book Ever

The Slowest Book Ever is a fast read but I decided to take my time with it, more due to circumstances than interest.  The book is organized by slow nature thoughts, slow animal thoughts, slow plant facts, slow body stuff, slow geology facts, slow stuff, slow arts, slow activities to try, outer space sciences, and (my favorite) two pages on which to rest your face followed by a glossary of chewy words, excruciatingly slow acknowledgements, and a not-exactly-the-end-notes which includes source information organized by the section the information is featured in the book.  Wrapping my brain around the amount of research needed to piece this book together takes my brain more than a few slow moments.  The humor that April Pulley Sayre injects into the factual information is fantastic and Kelly Murphy can clearly slowly draw a sloth or two or seventeen.  The illustrations add to the humor of The Slowest Book Ever.  At the SLJ Leadership Summit during a focus group, I spoke about The Slowest Book Ever and librarians around the table were grappling to get their hands on it.  I predict great things for The Slowest Book Ever.  All in due time, of course.

Title: The Slowest Book Ever 
Author: April Pulley Sayre
Illustrator: Kelly Murphy
Published 2016 by Boyds Mills Press
ISBN: 978-1-62091-783-1

This copy was received from the publisher to review.

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