Kyle Goes Alone

By Jan Thornhill and Ashley Barron

From 3 to 7 | 32 pages

Kyle has to go. There’s just one problem: as a young three-toed sloth, he lives high in the rainforest canopy with his mom, and it’s a LONG way down to the forest floor. Like other sloths, Kyle only goes down to the ground once a week when he has to do his “business.” And he’s never made the journey by himself before.

Kyle’s mom says he’s old enough to go alone, but Kyle isn’t sure he’s ready. It’s so far! And won’t it be lonely? Unfortunately, he doesn’t have much time to decide.

As he descends, Kyle’s worries dissipate when he discovers he’s not really alone. He encounters friendly neighbors like the red-spectacled parrot, whipsnake, tiger-legged monkey tree frog and leaf-cutting ant, all camouflaged in the canopy. With encouragement from his mom, he keeps moving — and makes it just in time.

The book closes with two pages of informational text: one about three-toed sloths and the other about camouflage. Cut-paper collage art brings the rainforest canopy and all its many layers to life throughout this sweet, gently humorous story about new experiences and newfound independence.
"We all loved this book... the reason we liked it the most was, as Phoenix put it, "Sloths are just cool."" - Globe and Mail
"A startlingly informative alternative to the run-of-the-mill potty book." - Kirkus
"A nice choice to introduce young listeners to the rainforest and celebrate independence." - School Library Journal
"Kyle Goes Alone will be an appreciated and well-used addition to a school library collection. Highly recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials
"Simple and heartwarming...highly recommended." - Midwest Book Review
"[A] triumph of storytelling, blending scientific non-fiction, collage artistry and sloth-pooping." - CanLit for Little Canadians
"Thornhill uses gentle humour and a relatable storyline to teach kids about responsibility and overcoming their fears, but the real stars of the book are Ashley Barron's gorgeous paper collage illustrations, which elevate a simple story to a thing of beauty." - Quill & Quire
"A mix of science and story." - Resource Links
Vicky Metcalf Award for author Jan Thornhill's body of work, 2015
Nominated for the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Willow Awards, 2016

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