I’ve waxed lyrical about the children’s author Mo Willems before when we discovered his series ofpre-reader books called Elephant &Piggie.
And I’m going to do it again. The man is a genius.
I wrote a review of his latest book Naked Mole Rate Gets Dressed for the paper I used to work on (I still do their children’s book reviews because, well, I have two bookworms in the house and how could I refuse?)
The book is so great I wanted to share it with you guys.
The fact that this American is a celebrated author and wins awards and yada yada yada, doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot to children.
(His greatest accolade as far as I am concerned is that he wrote scripts for Sesame Street).
But when we read this tale for the first time, and I closed the final page, Daniel chuckled and said: “That’s so bonkers, can we have it again?”
That night I read that book four times in a row and they lapped it up.
It now sits propped up his Boba Fett model which is just about the highest accolade it could be given.
It’s the tale of Naked Mole Rat Wilbur who actually doesn’t much care for being naked and likes to wear clothes.
The other Naked Mole Rats are outraged and go to the oldest, wisest and most naked Naked Mole Rat, Grand-pah, in the hope that he’ll get Wilbur to finally see sense.
A wonderfully simple tale, with fun illustrations and a cheeky undercurrent.
When you’re standing in the bookshop with a sea of primary-coloured front covers glaring down at you and you’re utterly flummoxed as to what to spend your £6 on, hunt it down.
And if you enjoy it and haven’t indulged in his other books, try out the Pigeon series and (my 6-year-old’s fav) Leonardo the Terrible Monster.