Jeffrey and Sloth

By Kari-Lynn Winters, with illustrations by Ben Hodson. Orca Book Publishers, 28 pp, $19.95

"Good writers have lots of ideas," the Sloth says, after Jeffrey doodles him magically to life. "You don't have any!" Not much gratitude from the critical, demanding Sloth, which backfires on the imaginary creature as Jeffrey comes to realize the power an author has over his creations. Not only is the story charming and the moral inspiring (we all have the power to create; ideas lie all around us), but it's explicitly set in Canada to boot. Makes you want to pick up pencil and paper and see what happens next. Suggested ages: four to eight.