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8 to 12
2 to 7
Trim Size:
6" x 8"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-783-1
Black-and-white illustrations
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About the Book


Did you know that the Atlantic Ocean is widening at the same speed at which your fingernails grow? Or that there’s a bird that flies so slowly, it falls from the sky? These are just two of the many amazing facts about anything and everything slow that you’ll find in The SLOWEST Book EVER. Told with a wonderfully quirky sense of humor and reflecting a deep curiosity about the world, this book reveals slow animals and plants, slow art, slow food, and slow activities to try. Astounding and mind-expanding, it is a celebration of science and of our world. Includes end notes, bibliography, glossary, and index.


"Sayre beckons kids to investigate and ruminate on slow-moving animals, slow-growing plants, slow motion, and plenty more. She covers expected topics, such as the centuries-old sequoia tree, the land snail, and slow-forming geologic wonders like the Grand Canyon. But refreshing, often fleeting twists of topic, delivered with repeated exhortations for kids to slow down, ponder, and study, combine for a galloping volume that respects children as capable scientific thinkers. In loosely arranged sections, the author adopts a conversational style to both inform and amuse curious students…. engaging. And chewy!" —Kirkus Reviews

"Science and nature rub shoulders with pop culture and history in Sayre’s ode to slowness…. The tone is humorous but never silly, and the facts are backed up with sources and more details in the endnotes. The light tone and engaging writing are perfectly complemented by the pen-and-ink drawings that accompany every entry, and the design invites lingering and sharing. Students will love picking up and carrying this volume around to read and think about in free moments." —School Library Journal

"In this age of fast food, fast cars, and fast technology, Sayre urges readers to slow down…. she presents unusual facts and commentary about some of the slowest creatures and phenomena on the planet and beyond…. accompanied by lively orange illustrations that keep readers awake, the author encourages children to take on a slower pace in life by being more observant, thoughtful, and creative…. Speed readers not welcome." Booklist  

"For kids accustomed to a fast-moving world, this celebration of slowness may be just the ticket….Presenting big concepts in an inviting, eye-catching format, Sayre leaves readers with the message that “if you think slowly enough, the entire world can be amazing." –Publishers Weekly

"This book covers all things slow, and recommends taking it slow while reading.... There is a great deal of fascinating information... that becomes much more interesting when the busy readers of the world slow down enough to really think about it.... Some of the book’s content may not be known, and the revelations will captivate those readers who need a wow factor... recommended for curious readers and learners who like to take it slow." —Library Media Connection  

Meet the Author

April Pulley Sayre

April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of over 65 books for children, including Vulture View, which received the Geisel Award Honor; Stars Beneath Your Bed (an ALA Notable Book), Eat Like a Bear (an ALA Notable Book), and The Bumblebee Queen, which marked her third win of the John Burroughs Award. Sayre and her husband live in South Bend, Indiana. Visit her at

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Meet the Illustrator

Kelly Murphy

Kelly Murphy has illustrated numerous picture books and chapter books, including Face Bug, the New York Times Best Seller Masterpiece, and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist book series. She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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