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Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by ellen
I’ve always encouraged my kids to read. From as early as I can remember, either I was reading them a story or they were reading one themselves. While my daughter could always be found with a novel, my son has always gravitated more toward comics and graphic novels. Either way, any love of reading is good.
The MUTTS Winter Diaries by Patrick McDonnell
If you or your children enjoy comics, you’re probably familiar with the comic strip MUTTS, which has been around since 1994. MUTTS now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries and was described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “One of the best comic strips of all time.”
The author, Patrick 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.
MUTTS is more than just a comic strip. McDonnell’s website, MUTTScomics.com, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy and all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. The MUTTS Winter Diaries by Patrick McDonnell lets you enjoy wintertime with Earl and Mooch as they get ready to hibernate. While preparing to sleep, they also take the time to enjoy winter with their friends Shtinky Puddin’, Bip, and Bop. The comics are fun and easy to read and more importantly, they teach kids important lessons about animals.
If you visit the MUTTS website, you can learn more about how you can make sure winter animals stay warm and full of snacks through the cold, snowy months. Just click on the More to Explore tab for more information. There’s also a section in the back of the book that talks about how we can help our animal friends this winter. The MUTTS Winter Diaries is a great way to start a conversation with your child about helping animals and making eco-friendly decisions.
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.
About the Author
McDonnell is involved with many animal and environmental charities and is a member of the board of directors for both the HSUS and the Fund for Animals. His characters have been enlisted by the U.S. Marines for their 2006 Toys for Tots holiday poster, the American Library Association’s 2007 “Read!” poster, and by the HSUS for their humane postage stamps. The MUTTS characters appear on the New Jersey Animal-Friendly license plates that fund state pet population programs.