by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
The beginning of Fall means that I need to start thinking about my holiday shopping and although I’m in no rush, now’s the perfect time to take the time to look into unique gifts that are also affordable. Yes, it keeps me busy in my already hectic life, but it sure beats running around last-second and buying expensive, run-of-the-mill gifts that no one will appreciate. One thing I know my kids will appreciate is Patrick McDonnell’s new book, The Mutts Winter Diaries, out mid-October.
The book is based on the MUTTS comic strip, which appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries and which Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz, called “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.
The endearing characters in the MUTTS comics have a special charm to kids and adults alike; the friendship, warmth, and humor between the characters create a special dynamic that will melt your heart. The graphic novel style collection of the MUTTS diaries includes easy-to-read strips that are quirky and thought-provoking – perfect for inspiring children to care for animals and their environment. McDonnell’s 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.
I received monetary compensation and products.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for fourteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 8, 6 and 3) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.