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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  6,421 Ratings  ·  487 Reviews
Wilbur is different from the other Naked Mole Rats in his Colony, because he wears clothes (and he likes it!).   But what will happen when Grandpah, the oldest, wisest, and most naked Naked Mole Rat ever discovers Wilbur's secret?

Funnyman and three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems exposes the naked truth about being yourself and wearing it well.

Book Details: Format: Hardc
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2009)
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Aug 31, 2014 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Naked mole rats dress better than I do.
Intisar Khanani
Aug 16, 2016 Intisar Khanani rated it it was amazing
Last night I wrote a blog post relating to the spread of bans against wearing burkinis at beaches in France, Italy, and Morocco. It was a personal post, about my love of swimming and what the burkini affords me, and how much I love teaching my kids to swim and playing with them in the water.

Today, my four year old daughter picked this book up at the library. There could not have been a more perfect book for me to read with her. Really. This book should be required reading for anyone parked in th
Jun 24, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it
July 4, 2009

There's a reason it's on the best-seller list. You got to love those naked mole rats, they know how to have a good time. And, how to wear fun clothes.


June 24, 2014

From most any one else I'd give it fives stars, but Willems has delighted me with so many other books, that this one isn't quite as fabulous as...
Mole Rat

You know, the moment that I saw Mo Willems’ name on this book, I just knew that I had to pick this book up since I have been loving everything that Mo Willems had thrown at me! This particular book that I had just recently picked up is called “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” and I was quite surprised by the title of this book and I wanted to see how Mo Willems would make this book just as interesting as his other works!

There are three things you should know about naked mole rats:

1. They are a litt
Sep 11, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A cute story by one of our favorite children's authors, Mo Willems. Showing off some great illustrations with the naked moles and the different outfits, it's about a naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes and is considered silly because of it. A great lesson in respecting people (or naked mole rats) with differing opinions, this one will be sure to delight those that hate getting dressed. My 5 yr old was tickled by this story, and my twin 3 yr olds, could give or take it. They weren't quite as ...more
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
It's simple, it's clever, it's fun, it's cute and it's something adults can enjoy too. Just because something has always been a certain way, doesn't mean that it should remain that way. Live and let live!
May 15, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Mo Willems' books always make me grin...and be thoughtful. What a splendid combination! I've had my name on the library holds list for this for weeks now and was quite thrilled when it came my turn to read it. Perhaps all that anticipation meant that it couldn't QUITE live up to my expectations, but I still really enjoyed the story. It's a bit heavy on the "moral" -- not to a frustrating or didactic extent, but it's just rather obvious. That said, it's of course a great message (be yourself, no ...more
Robyn Char
Sep 22, 2015 Robyn Char rated it it was amazing
This book is charming and hysterical. The premise: A naked mole rat defies societal norms by choosing to express himself through clothing. While the concept scandalizes his peers at first, soon the community comes to realize that there is no wrong way for a naked mole rat to dress (or not dress). As always, Willems writes with an economy of words that nonetheless has me laughing out loud. The colorful illustrations contribute to the general message: it takes all kinds and all colors to make a tr ...more
Mar 14, 2017 Tanya rated it it was amazing
This is a funny book about having the confidence to be yourself.
Aug 25, 2009 Debrarian rated it really liked it
Here are three useful things to know about naked mole rats:

1. They are a little bit rat.
2. They are a little bit mole.
3. They are all naked.

Except... for Wilbur.
Wilbur is the naked mole rat exception. In fact, you could say that Wilbur is a little bit weird.
You know what is so weird about Wilbur?
He likes to get dressed.
Imagine! A naked mole rat... who isn't naked!
None of the other naked mole rats can understand it. You don't see them running around wearing clothes, now do you? So what's up with
Mar 06, 2009 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Willems newest is a satisfying and funny picture book, just what we have come to expect from him. Wilbur is a naked mole rat who prefers to wear clothes, something unheard of in the mole rat society. Wilbur doesn't understand why there is anything wrong with clothes, so the other mole rats go to complain to Grand-pah who was very wise. He thought for some time and then decides to make a proclamation. Wilbur heads to the proclamation wearing only blue socks, knowing that it is very important and ...more
Crystal Bandel
Oct 08, 2013 Crystal Bandel rated it it was amazing
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems, published 2009.


Picture book.

Pre-K to grade 2.

Found via Kirkus Reviews, reviewer not identified.

Naked mole rats are supposed to always be naked, but Wilbur's a mole rat who likes to get dressed. The other naked mole rats make fun of Wilbus and try to change his mind, but Wilbur resists, and eventually it's up to the great Grand-pah naked mole rat to make a decision about clothes. This book is a fun and humorous take on the it's-okay-to-be-differe
Aug 29, 2011 Luann rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, 2011
This is another one I read aloud with my young nephew while he was here over the summer. Too fun! My nephew loved the simple illustrations - who wouldn't love pages full of naked mole rats? Where does Mo Willems get his odd ideas that always turn out to be brilliant? I love that Wilbur, the naked mole rat who likes to get dressed, asks the question, "Why not?" This would be a great story to use in a lesson on peer pressure. It could also work well to generate discussions about how we treat peopl ...more
The Brothers
Another fun story by Mo Willems about a naked mole rat, Wilbur, who enjoys wearing clothing. This enrages this other naked mole rats who insist on having Grand-Pah sort things out. When they tell Grand-pah about Wilbur's effrontery to ask "why not?" when it comes to clothing, this gives Grand-pah a pause. Indeed, why not? And after a proclamation by Grand-pah, the naked mole rats are free to wear or not to wear clothes to their heart's content.

Groovy illustrations.
Sep 29, 2011 Marilyn rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a funny reversal. One naked mole rat dared asked "Why not?". Favorite line "Grandpa was the most regal, the most heroic, the most...naked." Hmmm...degrees of nakedness. This book brings up a philosophical issue. A flippant "why not?" (throw out the things that are good/worthy/right/deserving of our best efforts) gives us moral relativism. A sincere "Why not?" within the Tao (as C. S. Lewis says in Abolition of Man) can change everything for the better.
Mar 06, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, humor, 2009
Cute illustrations and a mole rat with a flair for individualism make this book very funny as well as a good example for children. You do not always have to follow the crowd; if you have a great idea that is different from what everyone else is doing, you never might start a new trend yourself. Our girls like this book a lot (actually, they pretty much like everything Mo Willems writes) and we read it again at the library.
Jan 27, 2009 Mamers rated it did not like it
Shelves: childrens-books
I get that it's supposed to be about accepting those who are different from you, but that's not why I read Mo's books. I like him because he is humorous and fluffy. This wasn't as good as his past work.
Sep 15, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
A little bit of weirdness from the great Mo Willems. My 2nd-grader thought it was funny.
Mary Mest
Oct 18, 2012 Mary Mest rated it it was amazing
"There are a few things you need to know about Naked Mole Rats.
1. They are a little bit Rat.
2. They are a little bit Mole.
3. They are all naked. "

I loved Wilbur!
Lisa Quenon
May 16, 2017 Lisa Quenon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Delightful! On my list of books to get for my granddaughter!
May 06, 2017 james rated it it was amazing
How do I read!?!?
Mar 20, 2017 Ana rated it it was amazing
The naked mole rats judge Wilbur the mole rat because he dressed in clothes. One day the grandpa that everyone looked up to, dressed in clothes. All of a sudden, it gave everyone the okay to start dressing in clothes. Every naked mole rat accepted Wilbur the mole rat with clothes. Wilbur started selling clothes and everyone started wearing it.
Teachable points: don't be a follower, stand up for what you believe, be your own person, be unique, be different
Bashon Mann
Feb 01, 2017 Bashon Mann rated it it was amazing
My daughter got the book.
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 4 stars
Illustrations: 5 stars

Wilbur, a naked mole rat, likes to wear clothing. What's more, he encourages his fellow naked mole rats to get dressed too. But they are all set in their naked ways and don't want to try something new. Following his passion, Wilbur opens a clothing store. What will it take for his shop to succeed?

The concept is brilliant, and original. I just wish Wilbur had brought about his own resolution without outside intervention. Simple art manages to convey a lot of em
Shawn Thrasher
Jun 30, 2012 Shawn Thrasher rated it it was amazing
I love to find messages buried (deeply or shallowly - this one's pretty shallow) in picture books. This is a picture book about being brave enough to stand out, to not only dream but to act, to march to the tune of a different drummer. It's a picture book about rebellion, about art, about Thoreau. It's a picture book about Robert Kennedy thinly disguised as a naked mole rat.

Robert Kennedy said -- I don't know where or why, and I didn't peruse Wikipedia deeply enough to tell me -- "There are thos
Avery Schlosser
Avery Schlosser

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

In the book titled Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, the author Mo Williams conveys the message of being yourself through a little naked mole rat named Wilbur. "Three things you need to know about naked mole rats. 1. They are a little bit rat. 2. They are a little bit mole. 3. They are all naked." However there is one exception and that is Wilbur. Wilbur likes to wear clothes. This is astonishing to all the other naked mole rats because all naked mole rats
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 01, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it really liked it
Here is another charming story from Mo Willems. To begin with, the illustrations, as always with his work, contain a lot of the humour of the book but are kept simple and appropriate for the younger group of picturebook readers. He's great at doing a lot with just a few lines. In this case the tilt of the and shape of the eyes of the naked(?) mole rats give away an expression with just a touch of body "language" so that they say a lot without requiring any words. Even the empty spaces on the pag ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed is about a naked mole rat named Wilbur who likes to wear clothes, unlike the other naked mole rats. Because of his unusual preference, he faces opposition from his peers. Although he gives reasons as to why he likes wearing clothes, the others try to explain to him that it goes against their tradition. Because so many naked mole rats are against him, he wears less clothes that he would like to. However, in the end, when the Grand-pah mole rat supports Wilbur’s new hab ...more
Aryana Ahmad
May 07, 2015 Aryana Ahmad rated it it was amazing
1. Personal Reaction: Will you be a follower or will you choose to be different? Wilbur, a naked mole rat, is considered to be the only naked mole rat who wears clothes. When the other naked mole rats notice that he is wearing clothes they don everything they can to show him that he isn't suppose to wear clothes. But, Wilbur just doesn't understand. So, all of the other naked mole rats decide to tell Grandpa about what Wilbur and the fact that he is wearing clothes. Then, Grandpa likes his idea ...more
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale.

In addition to such picture books as Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Time to Pee, Mo has created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of early r
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