Picture Book - Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed - Mo Willems (Author & Illustrator)
Recommended for - Toddlers/Younger Readers
Well, how could you not love a story about a naked mole rat.
The mole rat of this story in particular, Wilbur, is a troublesome one - whilst mole rat law dictates that every mole rat should be naked, Wilbur likes to wear clothes. He's frowned upon and disliked by all the other mole rats, who constantly remind him that 'nake mole rats don't wear clothes!', until one day Wilbur asks 'why not?'. When the other mole rats bring this problem to Grand-pah mole rat, he thinks about it and then decrees that Wilbur is correct, and why shouldn't they wear clothes. From then on, some mole rats wear clothes, some stay naked, and all of them are happy.
Firstly, I love the fact that it's a mole rat - I can't think of any other stories being written about a mole rat, which just makes this funnier and funnier. It's written with the same humour that Mo Willems other Elephant & Piggie and Pigeon series have, and he's fast become one of my favourite children's authors. It's also a great message to children, to sometimes think 'why not?' about a problem. And I do so like a book that has a bit of a moral message, when it isn't being hammered home to much. A subtle moral message is like...er, is like a...
I should stick to writing reviews, not metaphors.
Children will giggle at the fact the mole rats are naked, and adults will smile at the humour behind the text and illustrations. At the moment, I find it hard to give Mo Willems anything but 10/10, as all of them feel like bona-fide classics.