Review: Seriously Mo Willems, we think you’re the man


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.

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14 Responses to Review: Seriously Mo Willems, we think you’re the man

  1. mum space says:

    Our kids love Mo! Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is our daughter's absolute favourite book, she really thinks hard about whether or not to let that pigeon have a little drive. We'll look out for this one now – thanks.

  2. b says:

    Going to add this to my gift list for little ones as it sounds like a fab book, thanks for sharing.

  3. Metropolitan Mum says:

    I have to make a note of which books to buy for little L in the future. We just started reading – books like Miffy the Mouse or the Little Hungry Caterpillar, with lots of bright pictures for her to look at. Of course, she cannot yet understand the meaning of the words, but she seems to enjoy listening to my voice and looking at the pictures. Or maybe she just likes being propped up on my lap, her head bolstered in between my pillowy boobs 😉

  4. Ooh thanks for the tip. Shall look out for it. My five year old loves being naked and finds the whole naked thing hilarious, so will probably love it!

  5. Vered - MomGrind says:

    Sounds like a great book. Thank you for the review!

  6. Millennium Housewife says:

    Bloody funny comment you left at mine Tara, still laughing. Thanks for the book recommendations I'll go and have a look. X

  7. @ Mum space: When someone first recommended the Pigeon books I thought how rubbish is that going to be, a book about a pigeon?But they are so funny (our fav is the Pigeon Wants a Puppy) and so simple. How does he do that?@ b: I love buying books as gifts for children, especially when you find a really good one as it becomes a real family heirloom almost which gets passed on.One of ours was a book called Boomerang Bear when my son adored and now my daughter treasures it too. A bit raggedy around the edges but that is a sign of a well loved book!@ Metropolitan Mum: You are absolutely doing the right thing reading to her now because she will grow up with a real love of books. My son is a total bookworm and I can't tell you how many books he has (and he knows every single one of them really well!) The Hungry Caterpillar is just brilliant – my two still enjoy that even now. @ A Confused Take That Fan: "My five year old loves being naked and finds the whole naked thing hilarious" – words just fail me!@ Vered: I could write a book review every single day with the number that passes through this house! @ Millennium Housewife: You think I was laughing at the time? Hell no! And now everyone's all 'what are they blathering on about?' Go visit Millennium Housewife's post about a visit to the supermarket to find out . . .

  8. Vodka Mom says:

    I adore Mo!!!!!And as a teacher, I am ALWAYS looking for new books. you're awesome. oxoxox

  9. A Lawyer Mom's says:

    Had never heard of Mo 'til now. We're compiling a book list for our road trip and the recticent, naked Mo will definitely be on it. Good tip.

  10. Patricia says:

    Thank you I now know a perfect birthday gift for my budding librarian, who has 26 boxes of children's books in our attic…

  11. @ Vodka Mom: You see everyone, that's an actual teacher saying Mo is fab, so it must be true. @ Patricia: I could probably match your 26 boxes of books. My children hang on to them like they are a part of their anatomy. When one of my son's favourites got torn by accident he had me performing surgery on it with sticky tape and tweezers!@ A Lawyer Mom's Musings: Hope you enjoy.

  12. That Girl says:

    SC would probably love this book as she loves being naked – definitely does not get that from me I hasten to add! Now I know you're a busy lady but I left an award/tag thingy at mine – PER-LEASE play along! x

  13. Elsie Button says:

    Yes thanks for recommendation, am always on the look out for new and exciting books!

  14. Oh, sounds good, and IJ loves anything to do with bare bottoms. No idea where she gets that from!

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