Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed (Scholastic)

by Mo Willems

Paperback, 2009



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Scholastic (2009)


Wilbur, a naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes, is forced to go before the wise community elder, who surprises the other naked mole rats with his prounouncement.

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LibraryThing member Jenlovely
The Naked Mole Rats are supposed to be naked. In this story, one Naked Mole Rat, Wilbur, enjoys wearing clothes and chooses to do so although this makes him an outcast and brings him ridicule from his peers. They tease him and proclaim he should open a clothing store. Finally they go the elder of
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the society, Grandpah, who proclaims its O.K. to be different and wear clothes. After that, some wear clothes, some don’t, and all are accepted. I enjoyed this simple look at being yourself!
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LibraryThing member MandaW
A good lesson in individuality kids will love. It is funny and imaginative, teaching kids to stand up for what they believe in and not go along with everyone else. 4 stars.
LibraryThing member kwillis
A hilarious twist on the timeless battle to get kids dressed! And anything with a story of naked mole rats is bound to knock kids' funny bones. And who knows? if a naked mole rat could enjoy wearing clothes maybe your kid will too.
LibraryThing member elle0467
Wilbur is a naked mole rat who is different. He does not like being naked. So to fix this issue, Wilbur goes shopping for clothing. Every other naked mole rat has a problem with it so they confront grandpa mole rat. Grandpa mole rat tells the other rats that they should not worry about Wilbur. This
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is a great story to show kids about individuality and not following the crowd to conform. Children should recognize that it is better to become a trendsetter rather than a follower.
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LibraryThing member netaylor
In Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, Wilber, the naked mole rat who likes to get dressed, challenges the assumption, and prescribed mores of the naked mole rat community. Wilber chooses to be himself and to explain to the members of his community his personal enjoyment of getting dressed. In the end,
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the naked mole rat community is transformed to encompass those who dress and those who do not.
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LibraryThing member APoteet
Naked Mole Rat is not like his pals - he wants to get dressed. Through frequent wardrobe changes, the other NMRs cannot understand his need to be himself. Wise old Grand-pah has the final say.
LibraryThing member christivance
This humorous book has Wilbur trying to promote this notion of change but he gets some teasing and sarcastic remarks before accomplishes just that. He likes to dress up because he can be whoever or whatever he wishes. When he is repeatedly told that mole rats don't wear clothes, his only response
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is why not? The other naked mole rats tattletale to the Grand-pah naked mole rat and changes occur when he makes a proclamation. This highly entertaining book about undiscussed animals (naked mole rats) will keep you on your toes with its humor and great moral. Mo Willems is fabulous!
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LibraryThing member kayceel
Absolutely delightful. Wilbur the naked mole rat is very different from the other naked mole rats: he likes to wear clothes. Completely disgusted by this, the other naked mole rats try to convince Wilbur to stay naked like them, and eventually consult the oldest and nakedest mole rat, the
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Grand-pah. However, his decision about Wilbur's love of clothes will surprise them all!

This is a great story for kids facing peer pressure - it endorses self-acceptance without being preachy. Not all the mole rats decide to start wearing clothes, but that's okay, too.
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LibraryThing member allawishus
Wilbur is a naked mole rat who likes to dress up. In fact he has lots of different costumes that he loves to put on! The other naked mole rats really don't understand his clothes fetish and try to shame him into giving it up. Finally, they consult the wisest naked mole rat, Grand-pah, who decrees
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that any naked mole rat who wants to dress up should feel free to do so.

Really adorable drawings punctuate this tale about being true to yourself. I love how much personality is conveyed through the naked mole rats little beedy eyes. I like the idea that clothes are just one manifestation of self-expression. All in all it's a winning story and cute book! I have no doubt that it will go over supremely well at storytime.
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LibraryThing member KellyKnox
Wilbur is the only naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes, and the other naked mole rats find this disturbing. But after the leader of the naked mole rats decides he likes clothes too, all the naked mole rats find that they can wear clothes, or not, and it's fine either way!

I think this is a
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great storytime read to talk about how we are all different and we shouldn't judge someone just because they make different choices. Also: illustrations and text are both hilarious.
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LibraryThing member beckystandal
Ages 2 and Up. Another gem from Mo Willems. Wilbur is a naked mole rat who likes to get dressed up. Because of this, he is made fun of by other naked mole rats. They say that naked mole rats have never worn clothing, but Wilbur asks 'why not?' In order to solve the problem of Wilbur, the naked mole
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rats consult Grand-pah, who surprises them all by also asking 'why not?' Illustrations are adorable and fun, following the simple style typical of Willems in his Pigeon and Piggie and Elephant books.
Recommended for all picture book collections.
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LibraryThing member TaraThompson
Fun to read and can teach kids about peer pressure and
individuality. Encourages them to go ahead and ask why.
LibraryThing member Kel18
Very good illustrations, can be used as a devotional book, and get kids to think about things.
LibraryThing member derbygirl
(Easy picture book)Naked mole rats are apalled when fellow mole rat Wilbur likes to wear clothes. They encourage him to be naked as mole rats should be and go to grand-pah mole rat for advice on how to talk sense into Wilbur. Grand-pah, surprisingly, discovers that clothes are not all that bad and
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joins Wilbur in donning some garb encouraging some of the other mole rats to do the same. This is a cute book done in the traditional Mo Willems style that seems to charm children to no end. I especially liked the two signs in the front end page: "No shirt, No shoes, No service" and the sign in the back end page: "Why Not?" On the last page Wilbur is seen working in his clothing store selling a shirt to a fellow mole rat with the famous Mo Willems pigeon on it! Of course most of the children were quite titallated and giggled whenever the word, "naked" was read aloud, but that's just how children are and only adds to the humor of the reading!
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LibraryThing member Bookwormeater
This book is about a single rat that wears cloths when everyone else doesn't. The naked rats don't like that he wears cloths so they consult the Grand-pah rat. He decided to start wearing cloths because of the statement "Why Not." Then everyone else started to wear cloths. This book would be a good
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book to teach children that it's ok to be different and to be a trend setter and not to worry about what other people think.
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LibraryThing member eevers
This clever tale tells of a unique naked mole rat who likes to put clothes on, something naked mole rats just don't do and the story unfolds from there.
LibraryThing member jenlovely38
This book is about the Naked Mole Rat society where wearing clothes just simply isn’t accepted. One Naked Mole Rat, Wilbur, enjoys wearing clothes and chooses to do so although this makes him an outcast and brings him ridicule from his peers. They tease him and proclaim he should open a clothing
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store. Finally they go the elder of the society, Grandpah, who proclaims its O.K. to be different and wear clothes. After that, some wear clothes, some don’t, and all are accepted. Simplistic illustrations of pink mole rats with other colors only used for clothing makes the clothing stand out as being different. The plot is be your self no matter how different that may feel. I think it is told well in this story by portraying the reverse of what is accepted in our society.
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LibraryThing member sharonstrickland
Wilbur the naked mole rat is just like all the others except for one thing. He likes to get dressed. He can be anything he imagines when he wears different outfits. The other naked mole rats find it so distasteful and thought it was terrible to want to wear clothes. One day they escort Wilbur to
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view a photo of Grand-pah, the oldest, greatest and most naked mole rat ever. Desperate, they take Wilbur to hear Grand-pah's proclamation. He actually was in favor of wearing clothes. From that day on. some of the other mole rats were clothed, some were not, but they all had fun.
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LibraryThing member ChelseaRose
Mo Willems is my new favorite. This book is really funny, as all of his books are. I love that Wilbur persists in his interest of clothing regardless of what the others say. The illustrations are really simple, and the lay out of the text is interesting and unique. Two thumbs up, as usual!
LibraryThing member mmleynek
Mo Willems is one of my favorite picture books authors and this book doesn't disappoint. The illustrations are cute and comical and lead to a better understanding of the text. The book is very entertaining and a great read-aloud. This book shows that it is okay to be different.

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I would use this book at the beginning of the school year to foster discussion of accepting everyone for who they are.
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LibraryThing member danielleburry
A very unique little naked mole rat enjoys wearing clothes and all his fellow naked mole rats make fun of him because he is different and they say that he's weird. When the oldest, wisest Grandpuh naked mole rat begins to wear clothes, suddenly all the other rats do as well. A great book to
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incorporate into the classroom when discussing individuality and the right to question things.
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LibraryThing member jasongiles
Great book for kids to learn that it's okay to show a little self expression in the face of peer pressure. The art and text is typical of Willems' books. Witty on multiple levels for both young and old.
LibraryThing member nicholspdx
Mo Willems is one of my favorite authors of childrens books and this is yet another win for him. The illustrations are borderline cute and creepy which I love and so do many children I know. The message of the story couldn't be more important.
LibraryThing member calvinsmith8
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, had a message that really spoke to me. Essentially, “the importance of being yourself”. The illustrations, I felt were a bit simple, compared to the deep, underlying message of the book, but perhaps the author did not want to distract from the importance of the
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text. The book works as a whole and I particularly enjoyed the way that respect for an elders decisions seemed to represent an underlying message in the book.
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LibraryThing member MarissaFay
I had never read a Mo Willems book until this one, and I absolutely loved it. The writing is sharp and hilarious, to be enjoyed by all ages! One of my favorite things about the book are all of the different outfits Wilbur tries on. I was laughing out loud.


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