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4.42  ·  Rating details ·  467 ratings  ·  117 reviews
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 ...more
Published 2019 by Random House/Schwartz & Wade
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
You guuuuys!! It is ridiculous how enamoured I am with this picture book. It first caught my eye when it was returned at the library where I work and I have been suggesting it to my young library customers ever since I read it.

I can now check off 'read a book about a oddball naked mole rat' off my reading to-do list. Phew!

Andrea Zuill has written a charming and inspiring story about a young naked mole rat named Sweety who isn't like her classmates. She's awkward, sometimes intense, wears thick
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sweety could be intense." Me too, Sweety. Me too.
Shelle Perry
In today’s world of teaching to standardized tests and homogenized diversity, it is harder than ever for kids who are just a little bit different to find the courage to raise their voices. Sweety by Andrea Zuill takes on the topic full bore will a little heroine that will leave readers smiling.

Sweety, an awkward naked mole rat, is more than aware that she is just a little left of center when it comes to fitting in. She just has a different way of doing things. Like all kids, she would like
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is ridiculous how cute this book is. I absolutely LOVE it. I don't have kids but I am hardcore considering purchasing this book just to have when I am feeling down. <3
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be yourself is a frequent theme in children's book but never has it been so funny OR so inspiring.

Zuill's pen and ink illustration are hilarious! Zuill equips Sweety with thick glasses and a headband retainer that cracked me up and explains that Sweety could be "intense" and that others thought her hobbies were weird. Sweety yearns for a friend but sage advise from her favorite Aunt Ruth helps her stay true to who she is. And, never fear, there is a secret handshake out there for everyone!

Edward Sullivan
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Awkward naked mole rat finds like-minded friends when she learns to just be herself.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

"Aunt Ruth said 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."
I'm noticing a trend in children's picture books to feature unusual and unexpected animals in stories about self-esteem. This is a wonderfully inclusive trend since many children's books feature the usual adorable fluffy chicks and bunnies, and it's nice to see the cuteness trend ignored at times. In this particular picture book, Sweety is a naked mole rat who just doesn't fit in. Her hobbies and way of expressing herself conflict with those of her classmates, and she often feels just a bit ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, picture-book
Sweety is my patronus. I love her so much. Everything about this book made me smile, and it gave me so much joy.
Very cute. I love Sweety's exuberance and how she stayed true to herself. The popular naked mole rat's "hair" was hilarious. I especially liked that the end result wasn't Sweety somehow becoming well-liked by everyone, but that she instead "found her tribe." What a great (and too rare) message for kids! Not everyone will like you, and that's okay-- the important thing is to find the people you do click with.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Sweety is a naked mole rat, but she's a different naked mole rat. She follows the beat of her own drum, and she longs to have someone beat a drum with her. She listens to the advise of a wise mole rat and continues on, and, as promised, she finds someone who likes her just as she is.

A new favorite for me, with the zaniest of zany illustrations and with great truth for children and all of us.
May 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: funny, k-3, favorites, issues, feels
Sweety is me, I am Sweety.

A great book about being a weird little weirdo and not being afraid to march to your own freaky drummer. The illustrations are sketchy and slightly off putting, but also so ugly they're really cute.

What a good book.
Erin Kinney
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
I completely related to this wonderful book. Who hasn't felt like they are a square peg? I still struggle with it. Stay true to yourself.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I loved this book. It's dedicated to "All who have embraced their inner oddball." which hopefully is most of us, right?!
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Only THE BEST BOOK EVER on finding your 'tribe'. Sweety is just precious, exactly for her differences. I adore this book!
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Sweety is awkward, "even for a naked mole rat." She "could be intense," and has unusual hobbies that her peers don't understand. She is comforted by her equally unique Aunt Ruth, another "square peg." I loved that this self-acceptance story wasn't about learning to conform or, as Kirkus said, "following a 'Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer' plot, in which deviance is only acceptable if it's useful to others." Expressive pen-line illustrations by Andrea Zuill.

Dedication: "For all those who have
Wendy Garland
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Great message - be who you are and be true to yourself.
Michele Knott
Here's another must have. Had to go buy this one since I had checked it out from the library. Love the message of appreciating who you are and not changing to fit in. This is a book I feel like I need to share right now. End of the year things get testy, this would be a great one to pull out.
Emmy Neal
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is SO cute. It's a similar message to Nerdy Birdy, with the emphasis on awkwardness and staying true to yourself and the things/hobbies you love so that you can find your people.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweety is a naked mole rat, who is just a tad bit awkward, and has unusual hobbies. She doesn't quite fit in at times. Her Aunt Ruth reassures her that if she continues to be true to herself no matter what others may say or think that one day, she would find her people, and friendships will happen.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being true to yourself is exhilarating and sometimes lonely. If there is something odd about you that sets you apart from everyone else, it can be tricky to find friends. There will be times when you wonder if you should conform in order to be less alone. Yet, giving up those things which make you wonderfully unique brings its own kind of sadness. It's an age-old mental conflict.

Being a naked mole rat has its own challenges, but Sweety (Schwartz & Wade Books, March 26, 2019) written and
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Sheri Hoyte Books
Sweety is the sweetest naked mole rat who knows who she is and what she likes. The only problem is, everyone, including her grandma thinks she’s a square peg. Even though Sweety isn’t quite sure what that means, she’s starting to understand it’s because she’s different. Sweety delights in finding out that Aunt Ruth is a square peg, too! Aunt Ruth tells Sweety to just be herself and she’ll find her “people.”

This story is very relatable for little ones and adults alike. Who hasn’t, at some time or
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Sweety is a naked mole rat, though fortunately for the pictures in the book mole rats like to wear clothes. But Sweety is not like the other naked mole rats. She loves to spend her time identifying fungi and does her school book reports in interpretive dance. She doesn’t have any friends because as her grandmother tells her, she’s a “square peg” and she doesn’t fit in. Happily, Sweety has her Aunt Ruth, who also didn’t fit in as a child. Ruth encourages Sweety to just be herself and that ...more
Sweety is a naked mole rat and a real individual. She doesn't always fit in - others find her "intense" and think her hobbies (collecting and identifying fungi and interpretive dance) are kind of weird. Sometimes Sweety thinks about being more like other naked mole rats, but mostly she's happy being herself. She especially likes being around her Aunt Ruth, who appreciates her uniqueness, and remembers being a "square peg" herself. She encourages Sweety to keep on course and assures her that she ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe you were a very intense child who was passionate about your interests. Maybe you were called a square peg or a late bloomer or any other euphemism people have for someone who doesn't quite fit in. Maybe it took a while for you to find your people. If this rings true at all for you like it does for me, I'm so sorry the book Sweety by Andrea Zuill wasn't there for you while you were growing up. Sweety is a naked mole rat who enjoys interpretive dance, mushroom identification, and talking ...more
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Sweety by Andrea Zuill. PICTURE BOOK Schwartz Books, 2019. $18 9780525580003



Sweety is a naked mole rat who doesn’t feel like she always fits in. Sweety knows what she likes-fungi and dancing, but she wonders if she should try harder to fit in. When her Aunt Ruth comes to visit, Ruth reminds Sweety that being different is fun and that she would eventually find people who shared her same interests. Sweety contemplates all the
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whimsical illustrations tell the tale of how Sweety, the naked mole rat, learns to love herself and find other people who share her interests. Like most children, Sweety, identifies the many ways she is different from others. She has braces which make her look different. She gets giddy over identifying fungus. No one but her aunt Ruth shares her hobbies. Aunt Ruth even likes her doll, Zorna, the Warrior Princess. Zorna. Sweety's bold outgoing nature does not attract friends which results in ...more
“Sweety was awkward. Even for a naked mole rat.”

Her grandma calls her a square peg, although she’s not sure why. Sweety doesn’t really fit it. Others think her hobbies are weird. And she can be a little intense. Sometimes she wishes she was more like Deb, who has stylish friends and always says the right thing. But other times, Sweety just wants to be herself. Thankfully, she has her Aunt Ruth. Aunt Ruth seems to understand Sweety. See, Aunt Ruth was also called a square peg when she was young.
Jennifer Hendzlik
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Sweety is awkward and intense even for a naked mole rat. She just sees and participates in the world very differently from those around her. I mean, who else would think of an interpretive dance book report? As she goes back and forth between trying to be like the cool naked mole rat in school and just being herself-she spends time with her aunt who has also always been intense who reminds her that being different is not a burden and that if you stay true to you, eventually you will find your ...more
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