Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Slow Loris

Slow Loris

Alexis Deacon
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Kane Miller, 2002   ISBN: 978-1929132287

Slow Loris was an animal, a very slow animal, and he lived in a zoo. He did not particularly like living in a zoo but that was where his home was and there wasn’t much that he could do about it.

Whatever Loris did, it took him a long time to do. That was just how he was. He never did very much and spent most of his time fast asleep. Which meant of course that most of the zoo visitors thought he was a very boring animal to look at. In fact they were not the only ones to think so. The other zoo animals thought he was boring too.

What no one knew was that every night Loris got up and did all sorts of things. And he didn’t do them slowly either. In fact Loris was secretly a very wild and exciting creature and no one knew it. At least they didn’t until one night. Then the secret got out and all the animals in the zoo knew that Slow Loris was not really slow at all. He was only slow during the day. Suddenly life at the zoo changed. Suddenly Loris wasn’t the only animal with a double life.

In this utterly charming picture book Alexis Deacon introduces us to a character who is full of surprises, and who ends up influencing many of the creatures around him in a most unexpected way. Deacon’s unique and quirky multimedia artwork captures the slightly magical flavor of the story perfectly. You never quite know what to expect next.