Growing up, I loved reading the daily comics, like MUTTS, in our local newspaper. Sadly, with so many newspapers shutting down, that is no longer a viable option for many kids. However, whether you currently read MUTTS daily or not, your family can enjoy this delightful comic strip from Patrick McDonell in book form.
The adorable and treasured characters in the MUTTS comics have a special charm to kids and adults of all ages. The friendship, warmth, and humor between characters that are seemingly unlikely matches create a special dynamic that will warm your heart. The graphic novel style collection of the MUTTS diaries introduces some of the cast members through a variety of their most popular comic strips.
The Mutts Winter Diaries, the second Mutts collection for kids, has just been released! If you are a fan of MUTTS, you will love this collection. It, of course, has all of your favorite characters – Shtinky Puddin’, Sourpuss, Guard Dog, Bip and Bop, and even Crabby. The strips that McDonnell uses for this collection are quirky and thought provoking, perfect for inspiring children to care for animals and their environment.
Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “One of the best comic strips of all time.” McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year.
MUTTS also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy: two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award, all for good reason. We love the awareness the author brings to shelter animals and animals that are tied up outdoors. It is such a great life lesson and the MUTTS diaries make it an easy transition into teaching our kids about how to treat animals.
McDonnell’s MUTTS’ website, MUTTScomics.com, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. So not only do you get a great, heart-warming book, but you get to feel great about it too! In the MUTTS website store you can purchase MUTTS treasuries (compilations of older strips) for teens and adults, or special books made just for younger kids and tweens, such as the brand new book, The MUTTS Winter diaries.
I was given a copy of The Mutts Winter Diaries and an adorable MUTTS Comics sleep shirt to share the news about the new book. To coincide with the release of the new book, The Mutts Winter Diaries,Richard Leeds International has designed a cozy nightshirt to give you the sweetest of dreams. You can enter to win both of these items below. And don’t forget to follow MUTTS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Full Disclosure: In addition to the book and the sleep shirt, I also received a small stipend to write and publish this post. Any opinions are my own.