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Slow Loris [Paperback]

Alexis Deacon
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17 April 2003
Slow Loris was a slow loris and he was very slow. He lived in a zoo. The visitors thought him boring. The other animals did too. 'It took Loris ten minutes to eat a satsuma . . .twenty minutes to get from one end of his branch to the other . . .and an hour to scratch his bottom. But Slow Loris didn't care. He had a secret . . .

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (17 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099414260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099414261
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Deacon's debut picture book displays admirable originality and draughtsmanship, and a great sense of humour" (The Times)

"One of those books that leaves you wanting more" (Independent)

"This is a really thrilling debut from young writer-illustrator Alexis Deacon. Its originality jumps out of the covers" (Guardian)

"An original allegory about diversity, understanding and acceptance" (Kirkus)

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A stunning picture book that brilliantly turns assumptions upside down

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and beautiful 20 July 2002
I think this book is really special. The story is funny and unusual, a clever idea that means thinking about why animals might behave in the way they do. Loris has a secret night life which explains his daytime exhaustion. I'd never heard of a slow Loris- it was nice to discover a new animal. The illustrations are wonderful, containing so much life and humour, and make you look again and again. The pictures of all the animals together are lovely, their body language and expressions are perfect. I'm seriously looking forward to seeing this illustrator's next book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the coolest children's book ever! 30 April 2005
By A Customer
What could be better than the secret life of a lonely creature, drawn and written to perfection in Alexis Deacon's Slow Loris. Who then becomes the hippest-'cat' at the party!
My 4 year old nephew loved it too - the hats, the instruments and the slow- slow movement of Loris through the day.
Read it, also the others by Alexis Deacon. Fantastic!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 9 Jan 2004
This is a beautiful book: both the story and the illustrations are scrumptious, yet it isn't cutesy (something rare and refreshing in a children's picture book). This is an unusual book which has sold well by reputation and recomendation, rather than because it was marketed or promoted strongly - another rare quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars favourites 29 Sep 2009
this is one of those books that stays a firm favorite and remembered through life. Fun for parents too which i'm sure makes the kids appreciate it all the more.

the story of slow loris is around an animal in the zoo that was so slow about everything he did in the daytime that everyone just thought he was boring.

But, as it unfolds, the slow loris was untouched as all the while he was brewing all kinds of plans for when the sun goes down...!

... a bit like the ugly duckling, it encourages children not to feel they have to keep up with their peers in order to be of appreciable value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and fun picture book 23 April 2008
By grr
Slow Loris is just pure fun.
Alexis Deacon's pictures are fantastic and different to your bog standard childrens books. They are truly original and not garish in the least. And Slow loris is mint! Fantastically realised, with his deep, dark eyes and little pink fingers. You really get feel for just how slow, the slow loris is. Just one simple motion spread over a series of images shows this perfectly. It even takes an hour to scratch his bottom! People think he is slow and boring, and so do all the other animals in the Zoo. But Slow Loris couldnt care less, because he has a secret..... And when his secret is revealed, the drawing showing it is just great! A complete change of pace and then it gets really funny. There is the old question, just what do zoo animals do when no-one is looking? Slow loris is found out, and everyone joins in the fun. Theres a little bit of "lift the flap" action too. This is very funny, and good enough to be enjoyed again and again! Read the other Alexis Deacon books too! So cool!
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5.0 out of 5 stars slow loris! 27 Feb 2007
I read this book in one of my PGCE seminars. Can't remember why we were reading kids books but this one was fantastic! Im 23 but can relate to loris because of his inner party animal. Like me he plods along through his day but at night time he really comes alive. Kids will love it too if only for the toilet humour!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic for inspiring illustrators... 8 Jun 2006
This book is fantastic for adults as well as children, the story is entertaining and the illustrations are fantastic! very good, everyone should own this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, highly recommend!! 14 Jan 2012
By Sgander
I absolutely fell in love with this book when I first read it. This book is about a lorris who sleeps all day so everyone who comes to visit him in the zoo thinks he is boring - but at night he wakes and is very, very fast! I read this to my year ones and they loved this story - good for when teaching about friendship - not to judge a book by it's cover. Brilliant illustrations also.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Loris
This book was for part of a topic at school about homes and animals. It is a lovely book and complemented the topic well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen McCammond
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dull book
I was very disappointed with this book. There are no descriptions of anything slow loris does at night - just a repetition that he does "fast things". Read more
Published 13 months ago by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story
This is a lovely story, with beautiful illustrations. Definitely one that grown ups can enjoy too, much better than endless books about trains and counting! Read more
Published 21 months ago by Weasle
5.0 out of 5 stars She loves it.
I bought this as a birthday present for my four year old niece. It's definitely on her list of favourite books, and as she's starting to read a little herself, short enough for her... Read more
Published on 18 May 2012 by T. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of genius
Wonderfully illustrated, full of humour and with distinctive pictures to explore again and again. Slow Loris lives in a zoo, 'which he doesn't much care for'. Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by march hare
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
My 3 year old had borrowed the hardback edition of this book from our local library 3 time in a 3 month period. Each time she returned it she cried. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute kid's book
Ok so I did buy it for an adult (to go with the Slow Loris plush, because she'd seen one at the zoo and fallen in love with it, so it made for a good birthday present! Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2011 by Sparkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend who is a primary school teacher. My son is only 16 months old but he'll sit through this happily. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2010 by Claire W
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't like the illustrations!!
I find the pictures a bit unpleasant!! I try to see them as my 3yr old, and seeing all the other big-eyed, happy characters of the other books around today, I find this one a bit... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2010 by Flocon de neige
4.0 out of 5 stars slow, but not boring
Slow Loris is a very different book to most of the books in my daughter's collection, but it is moving and humorous. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2009 by A. Higson
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