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Sloth Went

Written by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Benson Shum
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What Does Bookroo Think of Sloth Went

“A clever, entertaining addition to the body of children’s literature discussing going poop.”

It’s a big day for Sloth: his first time leaving the tree to go poop. Excited but also nervous, he is reassured on his journey by a cast of characters, including a butterfly, a frog, and his mom, who lovingly consoles him, “Don’t worry . . . Everything will come out fine.” Sloth makes his way hesitantly down the tree, but by the time he reaches the ground—and thanks to Frog’s advice to “listen to your body and it will all work out”—Sloth is ready to pick out a place to take care of business. Successful in his efforts, he elatedly returns to his family in the tree, where he is welcomed with a promised surprise dish of fresh hibiscus flowers. With characteristic cleverness, Lehrhaupt (Warning: Do Not Open This Book!) does such a remarkable job of using doublespeak to describe the purpose of Sloth’s journey that readers might not realize his intentions—if not for a note about poop on the cover—until a laugh-out-loud moment of clarity at the story’s end. Shum offers humorous details depicting the pace of Sloth’s journey; as he climbs down the tree, he is overtaken by a caterpillar and later by a snail. Additional information at the end of the book shares with readers some interesting notes about a sloth’s actual excretion process.

What's Sloth Went About

Publisher Summary

This hilarious picture book is about a sloth on the go. A sloth who is . . . very slowly . . . making his way to a major milestone: potty training!

Today is Sloth’s big day. He’s excited. But he’s also nervous.

What if something happens? What if NOTHING happens?

Sloth Went is a book about poop. But it’s also an adventure story about facing your fears, gaining independence, and learning to do what you have to. Even if, as in Sloth’s case, it takes a little while to get there.

Also included: back matter with the amazing true story of how sloths poop!

What Kind of Book is Sloth Went

Quotes from Sloth Went

  • "Don’t worry,” she said. “Everything will come out fine.”
  • "Sloth went."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • As the author, Adam Lehrhaupt, explains, sloths endure a full day’s dangerous journey in order to go poop. How can this journey encourage your potty training toddler in their journey to using the toilet?

  • Some of the lines in the story can have more than one meaning, like “Everything will come out fine.” What other examples of this can you find and discuss?

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The Book Snob Mom
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When it comes to books about potty training and going potty, this one is great. Lehrhaupt’s humor really comes through.

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Who Wrote Sloth Went

Adam Lehrhaupt

Adam Lehrhaupt is an award-winning author who has traveled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. Adam currently lives near Philadelphia with his wife, sons, and two crazy dogs. Visit him at

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Adam Lehrhaupt's Book Dedication

For Econ, who went . . . and helped inspire this story

Benson Shum's Book Dedication

For Teresa K. and Brynlee

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Book Details

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Publication Date:
June 2, 2020
Text Details:
Typeset in Sassoon Sans Slope Std
Illustration Details:
Art created with watercolor and ink