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An Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!From the author of WOLF CAMP comes the story of a charming, mushroom-loving, headgear-wearing, totally awkward naked mole rat who is looking for like-minded peeps.Sweety...
An Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!From the author of WOLF CAMP comes the story of a charming, mushroom-loving, headgear-wearing, totally awkward naked mole rat who is looking for like-minded peeps.Sweety...
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  • An Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!

    From the author of WOLF CAMP comes the story of a charming, mushroom-loving, headgear-wearing, totally awkward naked mole rat who is looking for like-minded peeps.

    Sweety is awkward, even for a naked mole rat. She has protruding front teeth, thick glasses, and some very unusual hobbies, including interpretive dance and fungus identification. She's intense and passionate—and her peers don't always get her. But surely there are other mushroom lovers out there? As Sweety sets out to find them, she comes to realize—with a little help from her cool Aunt Ruth— that being Sweety is actually pretty awesome. With heart and humor and a whole lot of charm, Andrea Zuill delivers a story about learning to embrace everything that makes you you—and that's something many kids are going to relate to.

About the Author-

  • Andrea Zuill is the author-illustrator of Wolf Camp, a finalist for the Children's Choice Award. In a starred review, Kirkus said the book "will delight more than dog lovers." She is also the author-illustrator of Dance Is for Everyone and Marigold & Daisy. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in California, Texas, and New York, including the San Diego Museum of Art and the Brand Library gallery, where she won the Disney Imagineering Award. Visit her at andreazuill.org or follow her on Twitter at @AndreaZuill.

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  • Kirkus

    November 15, 2018
    A bespectacled naked mole rat stays true to her awkward self.By human standards, Zuill's anthropomorphized naked mole rats are all pretty weird-looking: unsettlingly humanlike; pinkish-white but with beady little eyes, pronounced snoots, and vacant smiles. It seems that there are hierarchies even among naked mole rats, however, and Sweety is somewhere toward the bottom. With Coke-bottle glasses and headgear over her buck teeth, Sweety "could be intense"; she loves mycology and interpretive dance, and she has a hard time making friends with the more popular naked mole rats. Refreshingly, this story doesn't follow a "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" plot, in which deviance is only acceptable if it's useful to others, nor is anyone particularly unkind to the strange mole-girl. Sweety's aunt Ruth informs her that "being different was one of the best things about her life, and that if you stayed true to yourself, you'd find your people." Sweety thinks a little about how to be more popular and considers different attention-getting tricks to find her people, but at the end she decides to "continue to do her favorite things, and be herself." Hilarious, slightly (and appropriately) off-putting pen-and-ink sketches (with an especially delightful spot of some goth adolescent mole rats) perfectly illustrate Sweety's uniqueness.This kind but snarky, winningly honest story about being a square peg is sure to appeal to misfits and queen bees alike. (Picture book. 4-8)

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2019

    K-Gr 2-Sweety is a particularly awkward naked mole rat. She doesn't always fit in with her classmates. She likes different things, like mushrooms and interpretive dance. Her grandmother calls her a square peg, but Aunt Ruth understands her. Aunt Ruth is a square peg herself and explains to Sweety that if the young mole rat stays true to herself, she will find her people. Sweety wonders who "her people" are and how will they recognize one another. Will there be a secret handshake? Sweety is indeed awkward, with head gear to pull her prominent front teeth together and thick eyeglasses. Pen-and-ink drawings, scanned and colored digitally in a washed color palette, depict the naked mole rats in clothing and other humanlike elements. Drawn with lots of squiggly black lines, tiny eyes, bald heads, and spindly limbs, the cast of characters could be described as adorable and dorky. Composition varies from page to page, ranging from spreads to multiple vignettes. The touching and comedic prose, dotted with an occasional conversation bubble, pairs perfectly with the adorkable characters. Square pegs rejoice, Zuill has created a worthy addition to her lineup of whimsical and lovable character-filled picture books. VERDICT A sweet and heartening selection, best shared one-on-one or in a small group setting.-Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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