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South Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2008
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*National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year 1999
*National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Comic Strip of the Year 1997
*Harvey Award for Best Comic Strip 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003
*PETA Humanitarian Award 2001
Praise for Just Like Heaven:
"McDonnell delivers his message with maximum effectiveness." (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )
Praise for The Gift of Nothing:
"Both Mutts fans and newcomers will appreciate McDonnell's clever wordplay and lovable characters." (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )
Top Customer Reviews
The story is simple. Our hero, the usually vocal Mooch the Cat, silently saves the day by helping a yellow bird whose flock headed South without him. Through expressive watercolor paintings, we are encouraged to care for the weaker, the smaller, and the sad. I will turn to this book often this Autumn as I wave goodbye to my own feathered friends.
There are not enough stars in Heaven to adequately rate this precious work of art.
South by Patrick McDonnell is hands down, a book that should be on every child's bookshelf. It is a quiet and yet powerful tale of friendship with beautiful illustrations.
McDonnell is well known for his cartoon illustrations of Mutts and The Gift of Nothing. I was unfamiliar with him but picked up this picture book, South, on a recommendation.
It is just perfect and nostalgic, all at once. The book has no words (save for the sign declaring South).
The plot line is that the character Mooch the cat helps a lost bird. The illustrations begin with a flock of singing birds flying away and one sleeping bird gets left behind. Mooch discovers the bird and and points the way south, when the bird wonders why she is alone.
Mooch holds out his paw and takes the sad bird down the street, through the city and into the snowing woods. Finally, they hear the song of the rest of the birds and find them resting on a telephone poll. The bird hugs Mooch and flies off with her family, while Mooch goes home to sleep by the fire.
I soaked up the sweet story of this book and thought it had a great message for adults and children. I loved how words were not necessary to tell the story. I think it would work very well with children to a) help them absorb the meaning of the story from illustrations alone and b) really encourage their creativity by listening to their own versions of the story. Pick this one up for any child, it is a great work!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Christmas gift for my granddaughters and they love all the wag books. They read them over and over and make up songs about itPublished on January 10, 2014 by Kathy Johnson
This is as touching a book as I have ever read. The Zen like simplicity of the illustrations along with the wordlessly told story only make the profundity of this sweet little... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Stephanie Mack
In this sweet little picture book by the creator of the comic strip Mutts, Mooch the cat helps a stranded stranger find his way. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Becka the Book Girl
This is a fabulous book for children. And the parents that read it to their children have to make up the story as they go along. Read morePublished on December 16, 2012 by Mutts Lover
One of the best Mooch's-only stories...short, but beautiful...Like other books in Patrick McDonnell's "Mutts" series, this is a compilation form cartoons seen in the... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Frankie
This is a charming story told mainly in pictures. Children can 'read' the story with an adult or on their own. In its simplicity it brings a message of caring and compassion. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Buddy&Mill
I am a 67 year old with no small children in my life, but once I saw this book I had to have it. Everything about it is inspiring and perfect. Few words but it speaks volumes. Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by Susan W.
Only Patrick McDonnell could have produced the most beautiful and simple example of the very essence of the Gospel of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Chirst. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Harold E. Wills