Oh Sweety! I fell in love with you from the first page! Yes, you're a mole rat with snaggle teeth. Yes you have quirky habits and unusual interests. But what style you have! What personality! What passion. Sweety is a charmer and the way she learns to celebrate her unique self is so heartwarming. (It actually reminded me of the book Dumplin' which was adapted for Netflix.) The delightful illustrations are funny and perfect!— Susan
Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Raise your hand if you’re Sweety! For all the oddballs, the freaks, the geeks, the nerds, the weirdos, the ones looking for their tribe: This is your picture book. Whether you’re a child in truth or a child at heart, Sweety will wrap you in a loud, enthusiastic hug and let you know that you are so very not alone.”
— Billie Bloebaum, Third Street Books, McMinnville, OR
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.
Booklist Editors' Choice
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
“With hilarious pictures and tender, observant writing, Andrea Zuill gets to the heart of what it is to be an oddball in 'Sweety,' an endearing picture book for children...” —The Wall Street Journal
"Zuill takes a common theme—finding the courage to be yourself—and makes it funny, heartwarming, and inspiring." —Booklist, starred review