Patrick McDonnell is the creator of
the Mutts comic
strip, which recently celebrated its eleventh anniversary.
He has illustrated
for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Reader's
Digest, Time, Parents, and other journals, done CD covers for the
Greatest Hit classical music series, and created a license
plate for his home state of New Jersey.
Patrick has been hailed as "the next Charles Schulz," sits
on the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United
States, and has won numerous awards for both Mutts and his
animal welfare work. He is the co-author of Krazy Kat:
The Comic Art of George Herriman and also contributed a story
to Little Lit: It Was a Dark and Silly Night, edited
by Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly (HarperCollins, 2003).
is his first children's book.
Favorite books and authors:
Childhood books: A.A.
the Pooh (with illustrations
by E.H. Shepard), anything by Dr. Seuss, H.A. Rey's Curious
George, L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz (esp.
as drawn by W.W. Denslow), anything Peanuts by Charles
books on George Herriman's Krazy
Tolle's Power of Now and Stillness Speaks,
Love Poems from God, The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper
Comics, Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold.
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