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By (author): Andrea Zuill
9780525580003 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship Mar 26, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 8.88 x 11.44 x 0.38 in 32 pages Random House Children's Books Schwartz & Wade
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.

Wolf Camp is a kid favorite: Zuill’s debut picture book was a finalist for the Children’s Choice Award and was nominated for an Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award, also a kid-voted list. Children are going to be equally fond of Sweety.

Character-driven picture book: Sweety is an incredible new character, and her expressions drive the story.

Gentle self-acceptance message: This book is all about embracing who you are, and what could be better than that?

And so relatable: Kids who feel like they don’t fit in are going to see themselves reflected here.

And it’s funny! From Sweety’s thought-bubble musings to her ridiculous stunts to get attention, you can’t help but LOL.

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 or follow her on Twitter at @AndreaZuill.

Author Residence: San Diego, CA

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Author Social Media: Twitter: @AndreaZuill

“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 

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