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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316005096
  • ASIN: B002SB8QV4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3—McDonnell has composed another quiet gem. Literally. The sole sounds are birdsong, weeping, and snoring; the only words appear on signs: "South" and "Walk." The season is fall, and the chorus comes from a flock perched in a nearly bare tree. In the next instant, the birds lift off, and, as the pages turn, the last leaf drops, bonking a slumbering bird on the head at the base of the tree. Anyone who has every experienced the thought of being abandoned or feeling lost will relate to the utterly convincing panic conveyed in the artist's expressive watercolors and emotive lines as it dawns on this tiny creature that he has been left behind. Yet, he is not alone. Enter Mooch, the feline protagonist from the artist's comic strip "Mutts." He offers a hand, leading and carrying his young charge through rural and urban landscapes, until the birds are joyfully reunited. McDonnell's comfort with unfilled expanses, his beautifully balanced compositions, and the nature of his brushwork evoke the feel of traditional Chinese art. Tan recycled paper provides warmth in keeping with this tender, compact story. While it will be enjoyed universally, be sure to place it where nonreaders will find it, and remember it when asked for a Good Samaritan story. Its subtle sweetness is a rare and wonderful thing.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Praise for Mutts:

*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) )

More About the Author

Patrick McDonnell is a New York Times best-selling author. He received the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year in 1999, and Mutts was named Strip of the Year in 1997. A dedicated animal advocate and Genesis Award recipient, McDonnell regularly lends his talents to animal protection groups and issues, including the Humane Society of the United States, where he serves on the national board of directors. McDonnell was also recently elected to the board of directors of the Charles M. Schulz Museum. He is a native of New Jersey.

Learn more about Patrick McDonnell at www.MUTTScomics.com

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The story is simple.
Julia McDonough
It is about helping others, which is a lesson I think a lot of us would benefit from.
Natalie Hudson
Christmas gift for my granddaughters and they love all the wag books.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Julia McDonough on September 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
St. Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words." This quotation came to mind immediately after I opened SOUTH, Patrick McDonnell's latest picture book (notice that I did not say "children's book").

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Tennessen on October 27, 2008
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This book says much about friendship, love and change without using words. You can truly feel what is going on through Patrick McDonnell's touching drawings. Mooch helps his little bird friend find the way south after he misses the signal that sends his flock off. The artwork has a soft, watercolor feel and is printed on soft brown paper, so it "feels like fall." When you take off the dust jacket, you discover a bright red spine and soft brown cover boards printed with dozens of Patrick's bird drawings (delightful!). A lovely story and a work of art. Recommended for all ages. Children will get the message at once, and adult hearts will yearn for the simple love and fall nostalgia in its pages. Don't miss this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E.R.Maven on October 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great little book; perfect for giving to a friend. It's a 48-page picture book and yet I got a little teary-eyed. I love the "Mutts" comic strip and this is even better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Campbell on February 10, 2009
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Although there are no words in this book, the pictures speak volumes. In "South", McDonnell embraces the simplicity of friendship between a cat and a little bird. My eyes were teary when finished, a smile on my face. Yesh, this book is enjoyable for both children and adults alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Hudson on November 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations are beautiful, and the meaning is wonderful. It is about helping others, which is a lesson I think a lot of us would benefit from. You definitely need to get this book. I read this book with my three year old, and he loved it, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Gaines on March 13, 2009
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I love all of Patrick McDonnell's work, but this latest picture book is, in my opinion, his best yet. This beautiful story conveys the universal themes of kindness and love. Recommended for all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
SOUTH is a story about a little bird who manages to miss out on migrating with the gang. He's resting under a tree when everyone else flies off and when he wakes he finds himself not only left behind, but with no notion of how to go "south".

The fun comes because it is a cat -- of all creatures! -- who comes to his rescue.

TALKING POINTS:::
South is a sweet book that makes what I call a wonderful snuggle-read. Which is to say that it's the sort of book that goes well with a warm chocolate chip cookie and a lap.

And I adore the message of this story. It's one that can tie in to a religious or ethical lesson of how we should befriend and aid others.

The artwork is in warm colors and the illustrations look marvelous on the soft brown-tone paper. The expressive artwork conveys the emotions well.

Pam T~
mom and reviewer
(there are extra pictures at booksforkids-reviews)
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By JBebe VINE VOICE on September 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book. The illustrations not only capture the beautiful essence of autumn changing into winter, but convey the entire story of a sad little lost bird. Mooch the cat (from the Mutts comics) takes the bird by the hand and helps him find his fellow birds who have flown south for the winter without him.

The watercolor illustrations are simple and charming. This book without words is more expressive than a lot of other books I know.

Also, if you love this book you will also love Patrick McDonnell's The Gift of Nothing (Special Edition) - another wonderful book about friendship.
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