Title: Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
Author: Mo Willems
Genre: Animals / Humor / Self Esteem / Peer Pressure
Year Published: 2009
Year Read: 2016
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Content Rating: Ages 4+ (Some Bullying)
You know, the moment that I saw Mo Willems’ name on this book, I just knew that I had to pick this book up since I have been loving everything that Mo Willems had thrown at me! This particular book that I had just recently picked up is called “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” and I was quite surprised by the title of this book and I wanted to see how Mo Willems would make this book just as interesting as his other works!
There are three things you should know about naked mole rats:
- They are a little bit rat.
- They are a little bit mole.
- They are all naked.
Well, except for one naked mole rat…WILBUR!
Wilbur was the only naked mole rat who was not…well…naked, as he constantly wears clothes to every occasion he goes to. The other naked mole rats were not pleased by Wilbur’s strange notions about wearing clothes and they tried to persuade Wilbur to not wear clothes. But Wilbur refuses to take off his clothes and the other naked mole rats ended up telling the Grand-pah, the oldest, greatest and most naked mole rat, about Wilbur constantly wearing clothing.
What will the Grand-pah say about Wilbur’s strange notions in wearing clothing?
Read this book to find out!
Well, what did I tell you? Mo Willems has never failed to amaze me with his creative and hilarious writing and this book is no different! I loved the way that Mo Willems addressed the issue of peer-pressure to the readers by having Wilbur dealing with peer-pressure as the other naked mole rats keep on telling him that it is appalling wearing clothes and that he should be like everyone else and remain naked. I also loved the way that Wilbur is portrayed as being strong willed and wanting to keep wearing his clothes, despite what the other naked mole rats say about him as it shows the readers that you should be yourself no matter what other people say about your hobbies or appearance. I thought it was creative and interesting that Mo Willems used naked mole rats as characters and used their titles to describe about the pressure of not wearing clothes since naked mole rats are supposed to be “naked” and it sends an interesting message about being yourself despite how different your notions may be compared to everyone else’s. Mo Willems’ artwork is as usual creative and fun to look at as the naked mole rats are shown as pink creatures with whale shaped heads and chubby little stomachs that make them look extremely cute! I also loved seeing the images of Wilbur putting on clothes as it makes him stand out from the other naked mole rats and I also loved the styles that he has chosen for himself!
Overall, “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” is a truly inspiring and cute book about not giving in to peer-pressure and being yourself no matter what anyone else thinks about you! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.
* 2009 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Picture Book