If I had a sleepy sloth


A board book edition of this popular tale, which was read by David Schwimmer on CBeebies


ISBN: 9780500652855 Category:

Gabby Dawnay


As read by David Schwimmer on CBeebies Bedtime Story, now available as a board book.

In this charming trip of the imagination, a little girl delights in experiencing life at a slower pace as she shares her day with a sleepy sloth who moves so slowly, moss grows in his fur!

This sloth may be sleepy but it’s a champion on the jungle gym, thanks to its super gripping skills. And climbing trees has never been so easy! But the little girl’s hairdresser is less than impressed to find not just moss but also moths in its fur – and by the time our sleepy sloth has finished its morning walk, the day is almost done.

Through rollicking rhymes and bold, graphic illustrations, If I had a sleepy sloth imagines the positives and negatives of having a sloth for a pet and provides a welcome alternative to the fast pace of modern life by creating the time for readers to simply b-r-e-a-t-h-e.

Additional information

Weight 378 g
Dimensions 17.8 x 19.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 13 January 2022
Number of pages 28
Format Board book
Contributors Illustrated by Alex Barrow
Dimensions 17.8 x 19.1 cm
Weight 378 g


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Gabby Dawnay is a writer and poet. She is a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine and a scriptwriter for children's television. Alex Barrow, a London-based illustrator, is the art director for and a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine. Alex and Gabby are the duo behind the If I had a series, as well as A House for Mouse and A Song for Bear, all published by Thames & Hudson.