A great adventure ... This delightful book will be an enduring favourite.

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The Lazy Friend

$24.99

The Lazy Friend is a wordless picture book about a sloth who does absolutely nothing, but still manages to lead his friends off on an adventure.

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  • Product Description

    The Lazy Friend is a wordless picture book for fans of The Chicken Thief.

    The sloth lives in the jungle with some excellent friends who care about him very much. When the sloth’s tree is cut down and he is taken away on a truck, his friends must do everything they can to get him home safely. He leads them on an enormous adventure, even if he is asleep the whole time…

    This picture book explores themes of friendship, loyalty and environmentalism. It is great for improving visual literacy. Children will love telling the story of what is happening in the pictures.


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin France
    Reader Age 2-5 year, 5-7 year
    Book Size
    ISBN

  • Reviews

    1. :

      A witty, wordless and charming introduction to environmental issues.

    2. :

      A great adventure … This delightful book will be an enduring favourite.

    3. :

      [Will] encourage tentative readers, or pre-schoolers who cannot yet read, to pick up the book … Delightful and funny.

    4. :

      It is really to Snake that the story belongs … The body language and facial expressions of the characters are unequivocal and the readers’ admiration for the staunch Snake grows as the story evolves … There is atmosphere and action, change of pace and humour … The advantages of well-crafted wordless books sing loudly here as The Lazy Friend provides an excellent opportunity of interpretation, imagination and discussion. Recommended 4 years and above.

    5. :

      An amusing tale of the adventures of the jungle animals. It’s funny, and a manageable size, with each spread developing the story to the next level, making it easy for young children to follow, and giving them the scope for creating their own stories to accompany the images.

    6. :

      An exciting adventure … a great way to have the child tell the story with you and to you.

    7. :

      Fun, detailed, charming full page illustrations … gentle and humorous.

    8. :

      This is a great way to have the child tell the story with you and to you.

    9. :

      Leaves children free to extrapolate the plot and understand the characters and their motivations unimpeded by literacy level … a good choice for reluctant readers or those simply looking for a change to mainstream picture book formats … a great gift for an adult snake or sloth in your life

    10. :

      Outstanding story that ends brilliantly. The illustrations tell it all … It is for me a 10 out of 10 book. Every school should have this and it is perfect for the home. Let the children tell their own stories.

    11. :

      The main theme of this story is friendship … The illustrations are humorous and simple, but clearly describe what is happening in great detail … allowing for children to increase their visual literacy.

    12. :

      [A] triumph of loyalty and courage … encourage[s] readers to add their own words and storylines to the evocative illustrations.

    13. :

      Wordless picture books are extremely important for children who aren’t confident readers, but want to join in with telling a story … a ton of atmosphere, engagement and above all, loads of fun!

    14. :

      At first, [my son] asked where the words were, but as we looked through the beautiful, comically-illustrated pages, he started to talk about what was happening, and the story unfolded as only a four-year-old could imagine. At breakfast this morning, instead of eating his cornflakes, he told me the story again and again.

    15. :

      This is truly a delightfully funny, wordless picture book. Children will love the illustrations, and no doubt come up with their own wonderful versions of this story.


  • Reviews

    1. :

      This is truly a delightfully funny, wordless picture book. Adults will giggle as much as young readers. The saying that a picture tells a thousand words is so true for this book.
      A storm blows down a tree in the jungle, but not just any tree. The tree happens to be the one sloth is hanging on to. He is just hanging upside down taking it easy. It is not long before the damaged tree, still with sloth attached, is taken away on a truck. Sloth is totally oblivious to his adventure and his dangerous predicament.
      His wonderfully loyal friends are fully aware of the situation and are determined to bring him home again.
      The expressions on sloth’s face are priceless especially as the dangers unfold and he remains totally unaware. Children will love the illustrations, and no doubt come up with their own wonderful versions of this story.
      Beautifully produced, this book is a wee treasure for all ages. I believe that when this book is released (soon) it will be a hit.

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