A Christmas Story
by Jodie Shepherd
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 02 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 13 Dec 2021
Thomas Nelson: CHILDREN'S, Thomas Nelson
What would happen to Christmas if Santa Claus was a sloth . . . literally? Would Slothy Claus make it to every home by Christmas morning? Join Slothy Claus in this fun, charming story that teaches kids that Christmas is about more than just presents under the tree.
Slothy Claus has lots of presents for good boys and girls this year, but how is this notoriously lethargic animal supposed to travel all around the world in just one night? You guessed it—Slothy takes his sweet time and does what sloths do best: sleep and eat. Will the kids wake up to empty stockings and no presents under the tree? Will Christmas be ruined?
Slothy Claus is both humorous and heartwarming with a positive message for kids and adults about patience and contentment.
Children ages 4 to 8 willlearn that the joy of Christmas doesn't come from gifts and toys but from the love between family and friendsenjoy the delightfully funny one-of-a-kind artworklove the bright, glittery cover and classic rhymes
Parents will lovethe story’s themes of family and friends, giving and contentment, and patiencegiving this book for advent or Christmasreading this book to their kids at bedtime or any timemaking this instant classic part of their Christmas reading traditionidentifying with a protagonist that’s a little fatigued (and hungry) around the holidays (No judgment!)
This holiday season, celebrate Christmas (and sloth life) with Slothy Claus.
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This was such a cute book! I love sloths, so this was perfect for me. The illustrations were great, and I loved the message behind the book. Christmas isn’t about the gifts!
This was really cute..I read it to my 2.5 year old and he seemed to enjoy the story plus there was great illustrations.
Slothy Claus makes his sluggish way around the world to deliver Christmas presents. Will Christmas be ruined when the presents are not delivered on time? Slothy Claus is a charming, well illustrated story that includes elements the origin story known well to many. As the author digresses into more unknown territory, children are treated to whimsical artwork and a plot that reminds of the true meaning of Christmas. This book is delightful and will charm those in any age group. Slothy Claus is a book that I would highly recommend and would be a great addition to any bookshelf. Disclaimer: I was given an Advanced Reader's Copy of Slothy Claus by NetGalley and the publisher, Thomas Nelson. The decision to read and review this children's book was entirely my own.
This Christmas Santa Claus is taking a wee break and has passed on the job to Slothy Claus. Now it is up to Slothy Claus to get the presents together and deliver them all around the world. Of course, we all know that Sloths are the slowest creature in the world, so of course, this Christmas doesn't get to happen till July which would make this the perfect Midwinter Christmas story. This book was also adorable as it showed children that you don't need presents on Christmas to be happy, that being with friends and family is just as great. What I also loved about this book was the wonderful illustrations by Mackenzie Haley. Slothy Claus makes the perfect read for children aged 0-5 years old and fun to read for lovers of Sloths and those who love everything Christmas.
This funny book gets you right in the mood for the holidays. I think anyone who celebrates Christmas will love it, especially because it includes a sloth- who doesn't love sloths?
Sweet and memorable twist on a Christmas classic, that comes with a meaningful lesson about the true nature of the season. Slots aren't protagonists in enough children's literature! More sloths! And more illustrations from Mackenzie Hayley - these were luminous and textured and everything a great children's book needs. All the Christmas vibes and all the joy of cute characters and little details to make you laugh.
Slothy Claus by Jodie Shepherd By far the most funniest Christmas story!! We absolutely loved it!! So, this delightful Christmas story is about a sloth who is Santa Claus and as he begins to prepare the night before Christmas, all very sllooooooooooooooowly, the children all eagerly await his arrival. On Christmas morning, he has still not turned up! As children realise there are no presents under trees, no stocking full of gifts.. not a book, not a toy not even a drum... there are suddenly lots of tears! Oh dear. All the while, Slothy is sllooooooooooooooowly packing the sledge. But the children soon learn Christmas is a wonderful time for many things other than presents and so they get on with their day. Soon, the days become warmer and it's not long before Slothy turns up....in JULY! My daughter loved this story so much and we can wait to read it again and again before Christmas. A fun read! Thank you @netgalley and @harpercollins for our copy. A firm favourite already!
So this is how Christmas in July happened! This book was a joy to read, especially since all the kids didn't get upset when Christmas came and went because their Santa Claus is a sloth. I loved the storyline and the illustrations in this one, but I also like that it made me genuinely laugh.
This book was not only funny, but also cute! The artwork of all the animals was so cute and it had a great little message for kids!
What an adorable Christmas read! I loved the story and thought it had a sweet message that Christmas is more than just the gifts. The Slothy Claus was super cute but if we want to have a traditional Christmas we should leave the gifts to Santa Claus :)
But then they took stock of the things that the they had. They had love. They had hope. They had kindness and grace. They had joy and good fortune all over the place. The Classic Christmas Story in the eyes of a sloth. (And other delightful animals.) Every kiddo loves animals and Christmas. This board book brings to them the love of two things animals and Christmas It is Christmas all thru the year in the life of a sloth and his animal friends. Told in a rhyming cadence, it will a favorite bed time story all thru the year! A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
Thank you netgalley for the chance to review! I read this with my 7 year old. She really enjoyed it. The word "meanwhile" was used repetitively every other page other than that it was a cute story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you NetGalley! Let's start with the cover. Who doesn't love sloths? In all seriousness, the sloth is the reason I asked for this book. Haha. My children and I absolutely loved this book. It was short and simple to read for all of us. The illustrations were fun and added a great touch to the storyline.
Sothy Claus by Jodie Shepherd made me laugh. Watching the sloth slowwwwwly move and gather gifts was fun. What I liked about it though was that even though the children did not get gifts, they still celebrated Christmas focusing on the meaning of the holiday, not the gifts. I think the illustrations were well done and I could almost feel myself wanting to hurry up Slothy Claus. This is a great children’s read aloud as it will open the conversation about Christmas being more than about presents. However, for little ones who still kind of believe, it might open the door to many questions. Slothy Claus by Jodie Shepherd was a great Christmas read-aloud.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own." This story was so cute. I loved how the author really embraced the slowness of the sloth and how even though slothy claus didn't come on time the real celebration of Christmas still happened because it wasn't really about slothy claus.
I was so excited to read this book because I always say a sloth is my spirit animal. It did not disappoint. The illustrations were great. It was funny and I really loved the message of love and kindness and being thankful for what you have. Kids will love this book and I highly recommend it be added to some Christmas stockings this year!
What a fun cute story! It teaches children that Christmas isn't about gifts. I loved the Sloth and the beautiful illustrations. Thank you Thomas Nelson: CHILDREN'S via NetGalley for the complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
I absolutely loved sharing all kinds of holiday books with my students through my 30= years of teaching and Slothy Claus would have been added to my list. Before reading it to students, they would need to be familiar with a sloth and the fact it moves slowly. When reading the book aloud to students, it is so important that when the word sslloooooowwwly is dragged out, it should be read that way. The gist of the story is that Slothy Claus is preparing for Christmas and his trip around the world to deliver gifts but we all know how slowly a sloth moves so he does not make it in time.. Children wake up Christmas morning with no gifts but then discover they have all the gifts they need with family, friends and the love surrounding them. Of course, this is the message that people want to project during the holidays but we tend to get all caught up in seeing how much we can do instead of looking to be thankful. Of course, eventauly Slothy Claus comes through and the things he brings are so much more appreciated. The illustrations are cute and colorful. Young children will enjoy exploring the pictures for everything hidden because there is a lot in each picture. I also loved the fact that the character were all forest animals which makes it sweet for young children. #SlothyClaus #NetGalley
This book makes me overwhelmingly happy. It is not easy to get a good review out of me when it comes to rhyming children spokes because so often the rhymes are clunky and poorly timed and that is so very much not the case in this book. It was fun and sweet and the colors are vibrant and the drawings are beautifully done and the whole book flows flawlessly. I love that it has a moral substance without pushing an agenda. And I liked it brings holidays into a new light for kids making sure they understand that the true joy of Christmas has nothing to do with presents, but instead the thankfulness in our hearts for all of the gifts that we already have. Like our family and our friends, a place to live, a bed to sleep. I will be buying this book one day when I have children and maybe even before that cuz it's so cute 😂 I highly recommend it. Thank you #netgalley for allowing me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review #slothyclaus ❤️❤️❤️❤️
I was able to review Slothy Claus by Jodie Shepherd and Thomas Nelson: Children's for providing me with an advanced ARC in exchange for an honest review. A cute story using the rhyms of The Night Before Christmas to tell the tale of Slothy Claus. Slothy who is super slow and misses the actual Christmas day but ends up celebrating in July. A great reminder to be grateful for what you already have and to find joy and love with your family, whether gifts are involved or not.
I'm not sure who put a sloth in charge of distributing Christmas presents, but I wasn't surprised when he didn't show up in time to make sure everyone's holidays were full of ribbons and wrapping paper. But what are the poor gift-less animals to do? Cry? Beg? Throw a tantrum? Perhaps this is actually an opportunity to be grateful for what they already have. A cozy festive story with a touch of humor and such warm pictures, I'd be delighted to share this book with my students.
My five year loves sloths and thinks this book is hilarious. I enjoyed this book, because it touches on the true meaning of Christmas, it's not the gifts under the tree but of love, and kindness. We both loved that he shows up so late to the party, and how everyone is still excited to see him. The illustrations are gorgeous, and so colorful it just brings the characters to life. I'm adding this to my December books that we will be reading year after year.
I’ll start this review by saying that I’m a huge sloth lover! My favorite animal which is why I requested this one. It was very cute and I loved that the moral of the story was that we already have all that we need and don’t need all the “things” from Christmas. This is a cute story that I think kids would love and a great one for families to teach a lesson with. Also, fantastic illustration!
What a perfect story to get you into the Christmas mood! This follows Slothy Claus as he slowly gathers up all of the presents needed to deliver them on Christmas.. but things don’t go quite as planned. I loved how this story rhymed the whole way through! It added that extra spark and I truly feel as though kids will adore this book. The illustrations were adorable and super colorful and full of the theme of Christmas. It also has some great messages about being grateful for what you already have and to find joy and love with your family— whether gifts are involved or not. Overall, this little children’s story was the perfect pick to get me hyped for Christmas and I think it will have kids all over the world preparing for Santa to come too! 5/5⭐️
Cute! With a sloth for santa, all animals must be patient - very patient - to get their Christmas presents. Written in rhymes, following the classic Night before Christmas, the story alternates between the animals' eager preparations for Christmas day and Slothy Claus' unhurried efforts to prepare himself and his sleigh. Will Slothy make it in time? This colourful little tale is sure to delight young readers (or rather listeners to readers) and ease their waiting time until Christmas.
What an incredibly fun and sweet book. It had a very nice message in it about what is most important for Christmas, not presents but each other! The message was lighthearted and not overly heavy handed. I wouldn't have minded it being emphasized a little more. The illustrations were great! Very cute and lots of fun things to look at in the pictures. I think this is a winner for a Christmas kids book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC
Thank you NetGalley and Jodie Shepherd for the book Slothy Claus. This is my personal review. What a cute book with great illustrations for children. It has a good message for children and parents alike that Christmas is about love and kindness no matter when you celebrate it during the year. The story was done in a cute fun way that everyone can enjoy it being read. Having a sloth be the main character was perfect- everyone loves a sloth! This book will be one that is read every holiday.
This is a cute book with great illustrations. I appreciate the incorporation of a slow sloth into a cute Christmas tale and especially the lesson they learn from a late Christmas (e.g. love, kindness, and grace). I love children stories with morals and this one is a festive tale that can be told at Christmas or before (like July!) to teach people to be grateful for what they have year-round. Great book for kids!
As a kindergarten teacher for many years, I was always on the lookout for great Christmas books. This one didn't disappoint. Sloths are very popular with young and old, and the illustrations were just beautiful. I loved that it was a new take on The Night before Christmas, and children would instantly recognize this. The message that Christmas is not about gifts, but the love in people's hearts is not a new one, but it was delivered in a fresh and creative way. I love that he finally arrived in July! Lots of things to talk about with kids in this book. I can see it becoming a classroom favorite!
This was a cute and quick read I only counted it towards my Goodreads because I am reviewing it on netgalley It’s a solid 3 stars. There wasn’t much rhyme or flow. The kids had a good chuckle and a good ending with the kids having eachother rather then presents. And Christmas in July because the sloth is slooooooow.
Sloths are just the best! By seeing the cover, I knew this was going to be adorable and I was so right. Bright colors, cute take on The Night Before Christmas and of course, Slothy Claus. This was definitely be a family favorite!
Cute! Slothy Claus has the spirit, if not quite the get-up-and-go, to deliver Christmas presents for the animals of the forest. However, the residents soon learn that there is more to Christmas, and plenty to celebrate, even if Slothy Claus is a bit delayed! The illustrations were vivid, attractive, and detailed which will definitely appeal to young readers. This is a fun, funny tale that would be great for circle time or one-on-one reading. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Read this to my daughter tonight. She didn't care that it was a Christmas book, turns out it was a book about Christmas in July anyway. Some of the rhymes were a little off, but the illustrations were colourful and bright, and the message was clear. She loved it. Thanks for the copy, will be adding this to our Christmas books once it releases.
A cute story using the rhyms of The Night Before Christmas to tell the tale of Slothy Claus. All through the forest stockings were hung and trees decorated. Snacks were set out ready for Slothy Claus. But Slothy was sllllooooowwww. He would work a little bit and then take a nap. Before he knew it it was no longer Christmas Eve. The next morning there was nothing under the trees to be opened. Nothing! There were lots of sad faces. Slothy worked a little bit more the next day. But he didn't get far.There was much disappointment but soon they realized what they did have and then life in the forest was happy. Well in the middle of July when it was hot outside here came Slothy Claus and they had Christmas at last.
a little bit too cheesy but really fun and enjoyable. It was kind of weird and funny and I kind of loved it
Oh my heart! I loved this book! I loved everything about it....the illustrations, the message, the cover. It was all great!
OMG I'm in love. This is a Slothy take on the night before christmas. Everything is done very slowly. It's great. It's amusing and my four year old niece insisted I read it slowly. And I mean Slowly. It has wonderful graphics. A cute story. What's not to love. Enjoy!
Oh my this is such a cute little book! My 4 year old granddaughter loves Sloths and she loved this story. She especially loved it when I read slooooowly. It’s loosely based on ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and I think it’s a nice change from most of the Christmas books out there!
This is an adorable Christmas book about Slothy who is super slow and misses the actual Christmas day but ends up celebrating in July! It was really cute and I loved the concept of family and love are always, not just around the holidays. Will be purchasing for my daughter this year!
It's Christmas Eve and all the creatures in the forest are excitedly preparing for the big day. Those in the North Pole are just as busy getting everything set, except Slothy Claus doesn't move as fast as others. When Christmas passes and he still hasn't started his gift giving journey those in the forest are disappointed to see he hasn't arrived. Will their Christmas be ruined or will they find they had everything they ever needed all along? One of my favourite things about Christmas is all the sweet storybooks and specials that warm your heart. With fun text in a familiar rhyme scheme and vibrant illustrations,.Slothy Claus makes a fantastic addition to a Christmas book collection. I loved this charming tale and found it an absolute delight. I think young ones (and those young at heart) would get a real kick out of it and enjoy the message of what truly matters. If you're looking for a fun new Christmas book that's a joy to read you should enjoy Slothy Claus. This festive storybook is sure to bring a smile to your face and remind what matters most. It'd also make an excellent gift for anyone who loves sloths this holiday season!
Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Children's for a free digital copy. A funny little spin on the Night Before Christmas story where a sloth is Santa and he moves quite slowly... and his slowness has some ramifications. Very cute!
A fun and cute story to show Christmas is more of a feeling than anything. Great lesson for kids while staying fun.
Great story and illustrations. Embrace your inner sloth, move more slowly and things will still be there when you are ready. Chrismas in July or anytime is always great and people/things that are important are important all throughout the year. Sloths are my favorite.
A big thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Children's books for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This children's book has beautiful graphics. It is a bit silly, but still cute and enjoyable. It rhymes as well. And you know how sloths are.,...so so very slow. 4 stars
Cute Christmas story about a sloth. It was a fun concept and I enjoyed it. Thanks to NetGalley for my free copy in exchange for this review.
This was absolutely adorable. As a big fan of Christmas year round, I fully support a take your time kind of Christmas, especially when it arrives in July. I loved how the author described what helped show the true joy, being together, no matter if one cannot have all the toys in the world. I loved that they all came together perfectly. The illustrations were so perfect. I loved the vibrant colors and everything about them! Thank you so much Thomas Nelson for the gifted copy! Slothy Claus was so cute! Can’t wait til pub day, Oct. 12th!
I was given an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a fun retelling of the classic Christmas tale. It’s cadence is much the same but totally different story. I enjoyed the tale very much and would definitely recommend for young readers..
This is a sweet, heartwarming book about the true meaning of Christmas. Can kids accept the fact that Slothy Claus, who travels at a snail pace, doesn't make it on time to deliver their presents? This delightful story teaches kids that Christmas is much more than piles of presents found under the tree. Slothy Claus, his sleigh packed full of gifts for good boys and girls, finds it impossible to meet the Christmas Eve deadlines for delivery, so when the kids wake up on Christmas morning their stockings are empty and under their trees bare. Oh my! It's a true Christmas tragedy. Will they be able to overcome their disappointment and sadness and perhaps find happiness without all the fancy trimmings and trappings of the season? "Slothy Claus" points out to kids that perhaps Christmas joy and contentment doesn't come from material things but from the love that flows between family and friends at that very special time of the year. The art work is amazing and greatly enriches the message of the book. The book is enhanced with a bright, glittery cover, making it a perfect gift to give for advent or Christmas. The author includes a fun twist at the end that will delight readers both young and old. The book will fill your own family's Christmas with love, laughter, and a spirit of giving. I highly recommend this book.
I thought that this book was brilliant! It was easy to read and understand, I liked the messages and themes too - and who doesn't love Santa and sloths - my four year old has a couple of sloth teddies so this was a big hit with her as you can imagine! The illustrations in the book are wonderful, nice, bright, clear and attractive to young ones, the pages have plenty to look at too without them being overly crammed. The writing style was perfect and it was a fun and enjoyable read that we read more than once and will read again on the run up to Christmas itself too. Lovely message that Christmas is not all about the gifts - it is 5 stars from us for this one, we both loved it! Very highly recommended!!
My son and I read this one together. He stated his favorite parts were when Slothy fell asleep on the job and also when he didn’t arrive until July. He laughed out loud at both. As for me, the overall Christmas message was wonderful. Plus the illustrations are beautiful. It’s a great picture book!
Thanks to the publishers for sharing this one. It's very cute. My full review appears on Weekend Notes.
A story about a Sloth is sure to include a consequence of how slow they move, and this one does just that. All the animals in the forest are preparing for the arrival of Slothy Claus. They decorate, hang up their stockings, put out treats and head to bed. Meanwhile, Slothy Claus is packing his sled to head off to deliver presents. He works a bit, then takes a nap and so on, until it is Christmas morning, and there are no presents from Slothy. The young animals are sad and distraught until they realize they still have lots of blessings and Christmas ends up happy even without presents (shades of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas). Time moves on and Slothy Claus continues to pack up his sled and finally delivers his presents on a hot, summery day in July. The important message being: "Christmas had lived in their hearts all along." We all enjoyed this one, the rhyming text with its great read aloud cadence, the bright and colourful illustrations and the wonderful message that Christmas is about family and friends, not presents and what we get. A great story about patience and what is important in life as well. I recommend this one to families and community libraries.
Slothy Claus is a humorous rhyming tale that starts out like Twas the Night Before Christmas, but then takes a detour because ole Slothy Clause can't seem to stay on schedule. At first, the children are upset that Santa hasn't come, but then they realize how much they do have and manage a joyful Christmas celebration without the materialistic trappings. Slothy Claus finally shows up that summer with their gifts, and more celebrating ensues. A great presentation of an alternative version of Santa.
This is a fantastic book and will be great for families to gather around and read together running up to Christmas. It is lovely that Slothy Claus makes it that Christmas can be at any time if you want it to be, and to show that Christmas joy can be found in various ways. Thank you for letting me read the book early!
Told in the rhyming style of The Night Before Christmas, the story of Slothy Claus is about a sloth who brings presents very sloooowly to all the forest creatures. Of course, being a sloth, he isn't ready in time for Christmas, and in the time it takes for him to actually arrive, the animals learn an important lesson about contentment. This story was illustrated with beautiful colors, and told with a silly parody style that will appeal to a variety of ages. The character of the sloth was not particularly developed and the story focused more on the idea of whether presents are the most important thing or not. A good lesson, and being that sloths are trendy, it will surely be a hit.