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Lost Sloth

by J. Otto Seibold

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by McSweeney's McMullens (2013-06-11)

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Amazon Description

Sloth's phone rings and rings. He races across the room to answer the call, but he's a sloth, so it takes a while. The phone says he's won an afternoon shopping spree! Can the sloth get to the store in time to claim his prize? Yes, but it's going to take an impromptu zipline, a missed bus, a parkful of trees, an oblivious ice-cream vendor, a rainbow hang glider, and an out-of-control shopping cart to make it happen. As soon as the spree begins, the sloth crashes into a pillow display and falls asleep, exhausted from excitement. When he awakes, he finds himself the proud and happy owner of
several fine new pillows. Mission accomplished.

One Potato Review

“Whoa, this is a really cool dream,” trumpet seven technicolor elephants in the preamble (actually Sloth’s dream, featuring Chongo Chingi the Penguin and Mr. Lunch among other Seibold notables), but they may as well be referring to the whole book. True to his zoological reputation, Sloth never can seem to get to anything on time – the phone, the bus, a sweepstakes shopping spree – without intermittently drifting off to sleep. There’s not much more to the story than that, though as usual with Seibold, it’s all of the stuff in the margins that delights (look: that’s an Occupy tent with a guitar propped up in the park), as well as a certain wide-eyed determination to defy one’s weaker nature. 

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