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Mervin the Sloth is about to do the best thing in the world.Can you guess what it is?“Flying!” says the bird.“Gazelling!” says the gazelle.“Digging!” says the prairie dog.Hurry up, Mervin! But Mervin moves so slowly. Are you patient enough to wait? No? Turn the page!...

Title : Mervin the Sloth Is About to Do the Best Thing in the World
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ISBN : 22112223
Format Type : e-Book
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Mervin the Sloth Is About to Do the Best Thing in the World Reviews

  • Jasmine
    2019-01-15 21:05

    AHHHH THE BEST THING IS FRIENDSHIP THIS IS SUPER ADORABLE. Cute message, funny text, cute pictures. Excellent.

  • Garrett
    2019-01-18 14:06

    This book promotes turning yourself into a robot and fighting sharks, neither of which are healthy.

  • Paige M
    2019-01-11 13:50

    It was difficult to read because of all the text, also, I'm really disappointed that he didn't take a nap at the end.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-12-25 17:49

    So thoroughly enjoyable in a totally goofy kind of way.

  • Bethe
    2019-01-03 18:45

    Delightful in so many ways! First - it's a sloth! Next, some meta fiction going on as characters notice the letters are falling. Predictable thing that the sloth does, back endpages are a spoiler. Adorable case art!

  • Anne
    2018-12-31 15:53

    Made me laugh out loud, which is rare in a picture book.

  • Baby Bookworm
    2018-12-23 20:56

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hello, friends! Today’s book is Mervin The Sloth Is About To Do The Best Thing In The World, written by Colleen AF Venable and illustrated by Ruth Chan, a delightful silly and sweet story of anticipation.Attention everyone: MERVIN THE SLOTH IS ABOUT TO DO THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD! Of course, Mervin is a sloth and moves quite slowly, so we’ll have to be patient while he works up to it. In the meantime, the announcement (via fourth-wall-breaking letters that appear from the sky) draws in Mervin’s fellow animals, all of whom eagerly wait for the momentous occasion while guessing what the “best thing” might be. The birds insists that it’s flying, the gazelle is sure that it’s “gazelleing,” and a slightly overzealous gopher is pretty darn sure it will be digging. But Mervin is taking a long time, and with the exception of Red Panda, the animals are starting to get bored. Finally losing interest, the group disbands, except for Red Panda, who finds that Mervin just wanted to give him a hug – because hugging your best friend is the greatest thing in the world.This one was absolutely charming! The absurdist humor, the ridiculous dialogue of the animals (the story is almost entirely dialogue, so there’s lots of chances to play with different voices), the wonderfully sweet conclusion; everything fit together for a perfectly enjoyable story start to finish. The illustrations are fantastic, and fit the style and tone of the text perfectly. We especially loved the detail that the sedate Mervin is very slowly, page by page, lifting his arms for the climactic hug. The length is perfect for little ones, and JJ was laughing at the animals’ antics all the way through. This one is everything a picture book should be: funny, charming and sweet. Emphatically Baby Bookworm approved!Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for more reviews!

  • Gina
    2019-01-09 18:46

    Cute fun. It is not so much a story with a point as a brief celebration of chaos, but children should enjoy the different animals and their personalities, and agree with the final best thing.

  • Haley Hoenke
    2018-12-27 15:46


  • Katie
    2019-01-05 19:50

    Really sweet! I loved this :)

  • Kimberly
    2019-01-16 18:56

    Very cute. Kids will get a kick out of the silliness. Might be tricky to read aloud.

  • Maia
    2019-01-11 17:01

    Very Sweet, fun read aloud.

  • Jill
    2019-01-21 14:59


  • Laura
    2018-12-26 15:04

    Sloths rule!

  • Cindy Kleback
    2018-12-25 20:00

    1. Sloths are adorable. 2. Mervin is about do something awesome, and everyone else is trying to guess what it is. 3. It's totally sweet and lovely what he does.

  • Cathy Mealey
    2019-01-11 17:02

    Lots of letters and cute, colorful animals fill the picture book page stage in Mervin the Sloth is About to do the Best Thing in the World. Mervin moves so, so, slowly, just as one might expect a sloth to do. Thank goodness for the quirky cast of energetic and inquisitive characters that show up to pepper him and his red panda buddy with questions!The title of the book drops slowly into the book pages and hangs as a continuous prop for a bird, gazelle, prairie dogs and many other animals. Puzzled by the meaning of the title, they all make suggestions about exactly what it is Mervin could have in mind. Will he fly? Dig? Or even go “gazelling”? It’s a great opportunity for reading partners to imagine and discuss what activities other species might think are the “Best Things in the World.” So slowly, almost imperceptibly, Mervin’s arms are lifting up. Does this offer any clues to impatient readers? Will he fight a shark? Turn into a robot? The animals wait, wait, wait. Their quirky speech bubbles get quieter, then a little testy, before they stride off to more thrilling adventures. But Red Panda patiently persists – he must know Mervin better than anyone. In fact, he just might be Mervin’s best friend! Chan masterfully builds suspense by adding comic critters one by one onto a simple background, allowing young readers to get to know their personalities through goofy expressions and funny speech bubbles. By the middle of the book, the pages have filled with a colorful riot of animals, bubbles, and letters crowding Mervin, who steadfastly maintains his center stage placement. Venable’s simple, silly dialogue compels readers to continue flipping pages until the final reveal.It’s high time that a picture book combined a red panda and a sloth as main characters, and Mervin will definitely appeal to young readers that appreciate their comic and cuddly friendship.

  • Peacegal
    2019-01-02 16:53

    Super cute, goofy, and extremely hip kids' book will please kids and sloth lovers of all ages.

  • Steven Copp
    2019-01-05 16:02

    Very cute book! I think it would adapt into a puppet show very well, with lots of different characters. Good for fans of the Elephant and Piggy series.

  • Lindsey
    2019-01-02 18:54

    Sweet and simple.

  • John Clark
    2018-12-25 14:51

    Young readers will find the big black falling letters captivating. They start half cut-off at the top of each page, landing on Fox first. Then Bird crashes into them and Gazelle bounds over more of them. Each page reiterates that Sloth is going to do the very best thing. Gophers get in the act and begin arguing with Gazelle and Bird. Each thinks they know what Sloth is going to do. Of course Sloth moves veeery slowly, so as more creatures get into the debate, it seems that he’s not going to do anything. The speculation runs rampant, but eventually all of the creatures, save Fox start to become bored. Then Sloth really does the very best thing. Read the book and discover what it is. A nicely illustrated feel good book for little ones that will be a great choice for story hour or read-alouds at home.

  • Nick
    2019-01-01 19:11

    The story is remarkably cute, and plays off the slowness of the sloth to make a simple point. You can do the best thing in the world by doing only one thing, the right way.I was mainly familiar with the author from her juvenile graphic novels, the Guinea P.I.[G] series. The humor in this book will appeal to a lot of kids, but overall it's for a younger audience than her graphic novels. Nothing wrong with that.The actions of the other animals, as they demonstrate digging, flying and, um...gazelling are a treat. Their imaginative ideas about what the best thing in the world might be were inspiring, and it would be fun to ask kids what their idea of the best thing in the world might be.

  • Emma
    2019-01-18 17:59


  • Rebecca
    2019-01-06 15:00

    Very cute, although I have meta-picturebook fatigue. This one has the title text falling down behind Mervin, as his friend the red panda, and a succession of arriving animals, wonder what this "best thing" is. Good for fans of Z Is for Moose, and lots of potential for adaptation into a puppet show or reader's theater.

  • Jason
    2019-01-12 20:51

    Extra bonus points for originality! I can honestly say I've never read a picture book quite like this. Between the letters occupying physical space on the page (and over time being destroyed by the other animals) and the humor of Mervin's very slow movement to "hug position" there's a lot here to revisit in repeated readings. It's almost song-like in its rhythm, from quiet and inquisitive to loud and clamorous to a quiet resolution at the end.

  • Kate Puleo Unger
    2019-01-01 17:11

    My friend Sarah loves sloths, so I read this to Christopher in her honor. It's a cute story. There is a sign saying Mervin will do the best thing ever, so the other animals try to guess what it will be. Their enthusiasm and excitement makes the book fun.

  • The Brothers
    2018-12-27 18:06

    Some words fall from the sky alerting all the to the fact that Mervin the Sloth Is About To Do the Best Thing in the World. A variety of animals speculate what this might be, but never actually give ol' Mervin the time (he is a sloth) to reply.Cute illustrations.

  • Constance
    2018-12-30 15:01

    I LOVE Mervin the sloth!!! His adorable expression as he slowly moves toward his friend, all the other myriad hysterical characters, and then a very satisfying ending! The story and the irresistible illustrations make this a total hit!

  • Miss Sarah
    2019-01-04 17:57

    Every page has the words Mervin the sloth is about to do the best thing in the world and all the animals trying to guess what Mervin is going to do. What will he do? Are they willing to wait to find out? One friend is? Preschool and up for humor. Cute ending.

  • Ami
    2019-01-11 17:45

    Super cute and funny book starring our two favorite animals - SLOTHS and RED PANDAS! We couldn't be happier! And, not to spoil anything, but Mervin really does end up doing one of the best things in the world!

  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    2019-01-12 14:07

    A Sloth very slowly does the best thing in the world and all the other animals try to guess what that is until they lose patience. Meta with a lot of white space makes this a good read aloud as it provides a catalyst for guessing what the Sloth will do/what the best thing to do is.