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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards - Picture Books 2011
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142311437X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423114376
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 10.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Willems's contemporary fable concerns the way in which a young member of the species "naked mole rats" is different. As the nomenclature suggests, the group does not wear clothing, with the singular exception of Wilbur. His extensive wardrobe, ranging from a tuxedo to a space suit, and his insistence on wearing it, cause much consternation and criticism from his colony. At last, they consult Grand-pah, "the oldest, greatest, and most naked naked mole rat ever." He calls a town meeting. To everyone's surprise, particularly the protagonist's, Grand-pah arrives in a seersucker suit and waxes eloquent on the wisdom of Wilbur's simple question: "Why not?" Converts abound and a celebration ensues in which some dress up and some do not, but everyone has fun. Willems has a talent for creating funny lines, verbally and visually. Beige backgrounds provide an uncluttered stage for his pink creatures with their oversize rectangular heads, each conveying a distinctive personality. Much of the humor resides in the subtle changes in Wilbur's eyes and, of course, in his colorful costumes. Adults will embrace the message of tolerance, happy to have a tale that can be shared with young children. They will also appreciate the hints of Charles Schultz that surface here and there. Kids will giggle-and wish their daily dramas had similar endings. Now, however, they'll have a script.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Willems begins by giving us all the background we need about naked mole rats: “1. They are a little bit rat. 2. They are a little bit mole. 3. They are all naked.” All except Wilbur, an earnest dandy who can’t resist donning ties, jackets, pants, hats, or even entire superhero or astronaut getups. After all, the more outfits he has, the more he can pretend to be all sorts of different characters. Wilbur’s nude friends are appalled and complain to the colony ruler, who unexpectedly decrees that, from here on, their colony will be clothing-optional. Soon everyone is crazily clad and snapping up duds from Wilbur’s new clothing store. Willems’ art follows the simple style of his Elephant and Piggie books, and is dominated in color by (no surprise) naked-mole-rat pink. An ongoing horizontal line lends continuity to most of the pages, occasionally curving to add simple architecture to the scenes. But mostly it is Wilbur’s guileless observations that will have young readers feeling good about individual expression. Preschool-Grade 2. --Daniel Kraus

More About the Author

A three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, Mo Willems has also won two Geisel Medals for There is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside? And his books are perennial New York Times bestsellers. Before he turned to children's books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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Very cute book with a creative story.
Matt Paulson
We have a copy of this book at home, and our grandkids each have one at their house.
I love Mo Willems and the books he writes.
Stanley Cup

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Maybe it's because I love every other book by Mo Willems, or maybe it's because I went to a book signing for this book, or maybe it's because I'm a little in love with Mo, but I thought this book was adorable.

In a world where no one would be caught in public in anything more than their birthday suit, one mole rat dares to defy social tradition and don clothes. One mole rat stands against a social order of injustice where a shirt and shoes won't get you service, where ruffles and lace make you overdressed for even the most formal occasion, where flip-flops are too dressy to meet the Grand Pumba. I'll stop there before I get really carried away.

With classic Mo wit and wisdom, this book made me laugh and want to play dress-up. The anti-Emperor's New Clothes, this book was a delight.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Cup VINE VOICE on January 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love Mo Willems and the books he writes. I love that there are children's writers out there that write books for the sake of being silly, because really, couldn't we all use a good laugh!? The title of the book alone, and the fact that I am a Mo fan, made me buy this book the minute it came out. I could not wait to see what he was going to do with a topic for a book about naked mole rats. The fun started immediately when he writes, "No shirt. No shoes. Service." A great homage to a familiar sign.

In typical Mo fashion, the book is silly, geared towards kids who like to laugh, and parents who like to read books to kids who enjoy this type of humor. Our friend Wilbur, who is supposed to fall in line like all the other naked mole rats in his colony, is a rebel who likes to wear clothes. And this is where the trouble begins for poor Wilbur. One sarcastic mole rat suggests he opens a clothing store more as an after thought to make Wilbur feel stupid, and sure enough, that is EXACTLY what Wilbur does. The mole rats try convince him to take off his duds and go commando, even summoning the oldest and greatest grand-poobah of the tribe in hopes that Wilbur sees the light. I won't give away the ending, but it is safe to say, this is a great book about being true to yourself despite all the peer pressure that surrounds you.

Why did I not give my beloved Mo five stars? I wished he had made the story a little bit longer to develop the character of Wilbur and added a bit more humor. We wanted to know more about Wilbur and how he came to wear clothing when all the other naked mole rats did not, and we wanted a reason to cheer for him in his pursuit of a clothing not-optional lifestyle. We never warmed up to Wilbur like we did with the Pigeon in Mo's "Pigeon" series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a fifth grade student in Arizona and our library has a book that I LOVED and as you probably guessed it is Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Don't be fooled by the very strange and unique title. This book shows a very important lesson of being yourself no matter what others think of it, but in an extremely creative way and representing it through animals. In this story one of the naked mole rats enjoys putting some clothes on which makes him not so naked anymore and the other mole rats will not stand for it. The mole rat that likes getting dressed has the name of Wilbur and stands a good point against the rest of the colony.

This story takes the mole rats on an adventure they have never had to be on and they seem to be asking us to take it with them. The relation between our real life and they spend their days is crazy and interesting with a creative twist!

Mo Willems in my opinion is an amazing author and if you like this book then you should some of his other books like the more popular ones such as Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Also the series of Piggy and Elephant is really very good as well.

But back to Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Who would think of writing a children's book on mole rats and their nakedness, I don't know, but when Mo Willems does you should and hopefully now know it is a no brainer that you HAVE TO read this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Johnston on February 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found this book in a round about sort of way. I am not familiar with Mo Willems other works, so he as the author was not a deciding factor for me. The reason that I decided to purchase this book is because my three-year-old daughter's best friend is a stuffed naked mole rat, and I could not pass up an opportunity to have a book with one of her favorite critters as the subject.

This book is such a joy; it never gets tired. My husband and I have read it over and over again to our daughter for weeks now and we all enjoy it as much as the first time we read it. It's story about being yourself and being willing to try new things pairs wonderfully with the charming illustrations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Renee L. Stewart on April 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am the mom of premature twin boys. I (lovingly) called them my little naked mole rats when they were in the incubators so tiny and so wrinkled. So I had to buy this book when I saw it because of the title. When I got it I was so delighted to find such a fun story!!! My boys (now chubby and healthy 15 month olds) love it. They like the pictures and love when I make funny voices for the mole rats. I highly recommend this book for little ones. It shows that there is nothing wrong with being different in such a sweet fun way.
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