Books by Patrick McDonnell

Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A playful, funny and friendly treatment of anxiety and life's unpredictable messes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's an existential dilemma: What if you were a character in a book, and sandwich fillings fell onto your page from above? Read full book review >
THE MONSTERS' MONSTER by Patrick McDonnell
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Make time to share with young monsters everywhere. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tiny Grouch, Grump and Gloom 'n' Doom (who has two heads) continually bicker about who is the most impressive monster. When the solution they come up with turns out to be different from what they expected, a surprising but welcome lesson is eventually learned. Read full book review >
ME...JANE by Patrick McDonnell
Released: April 5, 2011

"Backmatter includes a pithy biography, additional photographs and a letter and drawing from Jane herself—children will thrill at the connection. (Picture book/biography. 2-10)"
Little Jane Goodall and Jubilee (her toy chimpanzee) ramble outside their English country home observing everyday animal miracles and dreaming of a life in Africa, "living with, / and helping, / all animals." Read full book review >
WAG! by Patrick McDonnell
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Many woofs and FWIPs for this charming book. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mooch, a cat of many personalities and curiosities, and his very best friend, Earl, a philosophical and kindly Jack Russell terrier, present many answers to the ancient question: "What makes Earl's tail wag?" Read full book review >
SOUTH by Patrick McDonnell
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Warm and glowy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A flock of small, yellow birds sitting in a tree takes flight. Read full book review >
HUG TIME by Patrick McDonnell
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The illustrations are the greatest strength here; and, like its predecessors, this would be a fine gift or story-time choice. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Jules (aka Shtinky Puddin') finally gets his own picture-book platform to preach his environmentally friendly, endangered-species-loving message. Read full book review >
JUST LIKE HEAVEN by Patrick McDonnell
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Perfect for storytime for small groups or one in a lap or as a gift to your favorite curmudgeon, this gentle lesson should find a place in most collections. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Following his Art (April 2006), cartoonist McDonnell returns to his Mutts characters to tackle another weighty topic with just the right touch. Read full book review >
ART by Patrick McDonnell
Released: April 1, 2006

"Sheer delight. (Picture book. All ages)"
Art's art moves and explodes. Read full book review >
THE GIFT OF NOTHING by Patrick McDonnell
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"It will do double duty as a conversation starter for older kids at storytime. (Picture book. 5+)"
Fresh from the comic-strip panels of Mutts, Mooch the cat doesn't know what to get his best friend Earl the dog on a certain "special day." Read full book review >