WAG! by Patrick McDonnell


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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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?” In an interactive dialogue, readers of the personable (animalable?) characters can follow the many actions and objects that cause Earl to FWIP-FWIP-FWIP his tail. It wags when playing ball, for food, his human, Ozzie, snowflakes, belly rubs and much more. Above all, “Love is the answer” to the eternal question, as Earl and Mooch demonstrate with an embrace. Sweet, gentle, delightful—all illustrated in line drawings and washes that show exactly what’s needed and no more. McDonnell’s simple pictures demonstrate humor, personality and keen insight into the world of the small tail-waggers, and the artist as author clearly knows the joys in the small, sweet beings’ universe. Although intended for the very young, older humans—and maybe even a cat or two—will understand. Many woofs and FWIPs for this charming book. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-316-04548-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009


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