The first Mutts collection in the AMP! Comics for Kids series!
The beloved characters in Mutts have a special appeal to kids. The warm humor and friendship between unlikely characters create a special blend. Earl is a small mutt with a big heart who cheerfully tugs at the leash on the walk of life. Earl is Mooch the cat's innocent friend, as well as a witness to Mooch's antics, and is sometimes a reluctant participant. Mooch has a fuzzy way of thinking and exclaiming "Yesh!" when really excited. Lively, animated, confident, and silly, Mooch is a smorgasbord of emotions who dances with enthusiasm and sings a lot. Mooch is the curious instigator of action, while the ever-loyal Earl often gets pulled into the fray.
Created in 1994, Mutts appears in more than 700 newspapers and in 20 countries. McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society's highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year, six Harvey Awards for Best Comic Strip, Germany's Max and Moritz Award for Best International Comic Strip, and the Swedish Academy of Comic Art's Adamson Statuette. Mutts has also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy, including two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award.
"…lovers of puns will relish this collection, and any child that has spent time with dogs and cats will see the hilarious truth of their behavior reflected in the cleverly depicted antics of the household pets...Filled with funny scenes, as well as a few very sweet moments, this collection will appeal to a wide range of readers…” (Sarah Reid, School Library Journal)
“This book is ideal for fans of the Mutts comic strip, but it will also appeal to kids who like animals and kids who like comics. The humor is age-appropriate with wonderful themes of friendship and loyalty. The comic strip format of the book is also a nice way to engage reluctant readers.” (Laurie Leahey, Time to Play Magazine)
"The humor here is invariably gentle and sweet, fitting for younger and older readers alike, with the result that this intended-for-kids collection makes just as good an introduction to Mutts for children or adults." (Infodad)
"...any book that encourages the love of reading (and art) is a great book, and The Mutts Diaries will do just that...parents and teachers will love reading it too." (Debbie Glade, Smart Books for Smart Kids)