SomberSloth

Illustration
A Lantern of Fireflies
826michigan
2015

826michigan invited me to illustrate a story in their 2015 Young Authors Book Project. They asked participating illustrators to read the students’ stories and choose one they liked. What a task! From these young minds came stories of a magical zebra, diamond candy corns, and barnyard politics. But the one I could not shake was Matt Stoll’s “The Super Somber Sloth.”

Over the course of a day, the sloth climbs a tree and meets four animals. They can do things the sloth can’t, so the sloth starts feeling super somber. Soon the other animals come together to remind the sloth that he’s got skills too ya know. Matt writes: “The sloth was very happy to hear that other animals knew that he had value.”

Heart-rending. Who hasn’t ever felt like that sloth?