Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle by Cathy Ballou Mealey ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Published: 4 May 2021 by Kids Can Press
Page count: 32 (print)
My Format: ebook via NetGalley
Cover: Cute
Pacing: Good
Ending: Fun  
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle

My rating: ★★★★

A speedy squirrel and a sleepy sloth try to get the job done in this funny, heartwarming tale of two lovable, but unlikely, friends. Though Sloth and Squirrel are good friends, they have different ways of doing things — and different speeds of doing them. So, when Squirrel gets them jobs as pickle packers to earn money for a new bike, things don’t go according to plan. It seems that the contrasting skill sets of a fast-as-lightening squirrel and a slow-as-molasses sloth can make for a mess of an outcome, and before long, the friends are shown the pickle factory’s door, along with the 677 1/2 jars of pickles they packed incorrectly! Now the pair are bicycle-less, with only pickles to show for themselves. Or so they think — until the resourceful pair come up with an ingenious plan!

My Thoughts
I love sloths! Here are my pros and cons for Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle:


  1. Seriously… is it even possible to dislike a book that features a sloth? I don’t think so! 😊
  2. This is a super cute book that pits the speediness of a squirrel against the leisurely pace of a sloth. The antics are fun!
  3. I hope you like pickles… because there are a LOT of them in this book!
  4. There are actually a few learning moments in the story, including being responsible, coming up with creative solutions to problems, and being happy with what you have.
  5. The illustrations, by Kelly Collier, are exciting and fun.



This is an entertaining story that children will enjoy… and they might just learn a little lesson from it, too! It doesn’t get any better than that!

Thank you NetGalley and Kids Can Press for a free eARC of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

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(image from Goodreads)

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