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 friends who get her. What she discovers is that changing who you are to be part of the crowd isn’t as great as finding one or two others whom you fit with better. And who knows they may also looking for a friend just like them. Sweety leaps of the page with her sincerity and big heart. I would love to be her friend, she is very cool.
The story is bolstered through delightfully original artwork and speech bubbles. The characters who inhabit Sweety’s world are full of expression and fun. And despite being naked mole rats, they have a real talent for accessorizing.