Jun 27, 2010

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

Why read this book?  Well, in the words of one wise little mole rat, "WHY NOT?"

This is the funnest, cutest book ever!  I've always like Mo Willems books but I have to say that I think this may be one of my favorites.  I'm a fan of the cartoon Kim Possible which has a naked mole rat in it.  I've always wondered if there really is such a thing as a naked mole rat.  I saw this book a few months ago and have recently gotten around to reading it.  I decided I needed to find out if naked mole rats really existed.  I did a search on the internet...(sorry I am fighting back a shudder of revulsion)...they do exist and let me give you some truley wonderful advice: NEVER TRY TO FIND THE REAL THING!

Mo Willems does such a great job of creating smart, cute, loveable mole rats that you would be doing yourself a great disservice to try to find the real thing.  His mole rats have a huge dilemna on their hands.  One of their own decides to start wearing clothes.  When they tell him that NAKED mole rats don't wear clothes he asks, "Why not?".  This is a quick and enjoyable bedtime story that your kids are bound to ask for over and over and you will most likely be more than happy to comply! 

To find out more about Mo Willems watch this video.

DISCLAIMER:I know that after all of the mention of how repulsive naked mole rats are in real life you are bound to want to see for yourself.  In any case Mattie Wadsworth and Madness by Mattie are in no way responsible for any permanent damage that viewing a real nake mole rat causes to you. 

Jun 19, 2010


So first I would like to apologize for being MIA the last week and a half.  A series of unexpected events occurred and then I found myself at a Family Reunion in Jackson, WY for a week.  It was an odd sensation having fifty percent of my body sunburned and watching it snow the next day.  Glad to be back and I have a ton of books I can't wait to tell you about!

Those Darn Squirrels is a comical story about an old man who loves birds and goes to great measure to keep the squirrels from stealing the bird's food.  Finally, the squirrels, aka:  furry little geniuses, decide that they need to get on Old Man Fookwire's good side.  They try a couple techniques before they succeed.  It is an extremely enjoyable story and my kids love looking at the pictures.

Adam Rubin incorporates his great sense of humor into writing a book that not only gets my kids laughing but keeps me laughing as well.  I think it is amazing that even after you know the outcome (NO I'm not going to tell you what it is!)  you still want to read this book over and over!

Daniel Salmieri just adds to the humor of the story with these hilarious illustrations.  I was trying to figure out which picture was my favorite and I can't pick just ONE!  There are several that make me giggle.

I guarantee that you'll enjoy every second of it, no matter how many times you read it!