Sloth Went
Sloth Went

Sloth Went

Written by Adam Lehrhaupt & illustrated by Benson Shum
Physical book
3 - 6
Reading age
Page count
Jun 2, 2020
Publication date

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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 Kind of Book is Sloth Went

Primarily about


    "Everything will come out fine."
    "Sloth went"
    "Do the sloth dance!"
    Sketch of Sloth doing his happy dance!

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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Book Details

Publication Date
June 2, 2020
Bloomsbury Children's Books
Text Details
Typeset in Sassoon Sans Slope Std
Illustration Details
Art created with watercolor and ink
Page Count
Reading Age
3 - 6 years

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