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Wag! Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2009
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The Gift of Nothing was McDonnell's first children's book. In 2014, it was transformed into a chidlren's play commissioned by The Kennedy Center. In 2012 he was awarded the Caldecott Honor for Me...Jane). McDonnell has collaborated with author Eckhart Tolle on Guardians of Being.
McDonnell has appeared on CNN, The Today Show, PBS and the Oprah Winfrey Network. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Humane Society of the United States, the Fund for Animals and the Charles M. Schulz Museum. His MUTTS characters have been enlisted by the United States Marines (Toys for Tots), and the American Library Association ('Read!'). They appear on New Jersey Animal Friendly license plates and in animated Public Service Announcements for The Shelter Pet Project. His work has also been animated for a PSA for the NY Philharmonic. MUTTS is currently under development as an animated feature length film for Twentieth Century Fox.
Top Customer Reviews
As a religious reader of the Mutts daily comic strip, I think of Earl as the "straight man" to Mooch's "funny man" and compare them to sidekicks Lucy and Ethel of TV fame. Wag! fondly reinforces this special bond through the friends' priceless facial expressions and enthusiastic body language. This book speaks to readers, young and old, that there is something to wag about in every season of the year.
A must have for all MUTTS fan!
Mooch will tail you that Earl's tail will "FWIP FWIP FWIP!" when someone rubs his belly, gives him "chewy toys, "snacky-snacks" and even when he has on his little yellow sweater and is chasing snowflakes. Mooch didn't know what really made his tail wag and if you ask Jules the cat he'll say, "I don't know." The fact of the matter is, is that the real reason is a big secret. His tail goes crazy for Ozzie. That Earl will "FWIP FWIP FWIP!" his tail for just about anyone, including strangers, but just why does he do that?
If you have a dog, you might just know why Earl's tail goes "FWIP FWIP FWIP," but if you don't you'll have to read this book. This is an adorable story that all dog lovers can relate to and can even made the most die hard cat lover crack a smile. The real star of this book, the author's beloved dog, Earl is pictured on the back flap of this book. The only criticism that can be found with this book is that there needs to be an extra "FWIP" or two when Earl wags his tail, because I, for one, don't know any dogs that have such an abbreviated wag. This charming book will WOW everyone save that die hard cat lover!
Really. This is a wonderful book. If you have dogs, or cats, you will know why.
Even if you don't have a pet, it's worth picking up.
Touching, gentle humor, and in the perfect 'old-school style' of cartooning.
Last Christmas, my brother proved that his uncanny ability to match readers with writers was not limited to the rapidly approaching 40 set by giving my four-year-old Patrick McDonnell's book Just Like Heaven. At first blush the revelation that Patrick McDonnell had a children's book may appear to be more exciting for me than my daughter. But through Just Like Heaven my daughter has come to love the Mutts characters nearly as much as I do.
So why review wag! instead?
While she loves Just Like Heaven and will curl up contentedly on my lap listening to me read it for as long as my voice will hold out, my daughter will actually read wag! to me. (Or more accurately, to her T. Rex puppet while I record the whole thing on my iPhone.)
Much of it is recited from memory, of course. But she recognizes the odd word here and there, and uses those prompts to recall the rest of the story, much as you or I might use a slide deck to bluff our way through a speech. She really gets into her storytelling, and uses slightly different voices for the narrator of the story and Mooch the cat. (No really. I have the video to prove it.)
Maybe it's the whimsical art. Maybe it's the simple text. But whatever the source of the pixie dust, wag!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son (1 1/2 year old) is obsessed with this book we read it at least once a day.Published 1 month ago by Xenon Homer
Amazing! Simple, engaging, eye catching, and cute! What a sweet blend to make a wonderful read!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My son and I love this book! We first checked it out from the library and then just had to buy it for a friend.Published 8 months ago by Annie
great book for children and adults...love the pictures and the ending. Everyone should enjoy this as a gift. We sure didPublished on January 17, 2014 by Debbie O.
What a sweet book for a Mutts fan. I bought this as a Christmas present for my dad and he loved it. Short and sweet and simple...which is everything we love about Mutts.Published on January 9, 2014 by Katherine Joyce
We all grow into adults with our very own notions of love. This marvelous book gives us a glimpse into the kind of love that really makes the world go around. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by 323reviews
It's a really cute book that my son loved and is gonna be a great gift. Love is always the right answer :)Published on June 19, 2013 by Organizer
These are the sweetest books! They have a wonderful simplistic style, with adorable characters and always a great, heartwarming message.Published on June 8, 2013 by Adrienne Graf
I adore this book, it's so simple and sweet. And of course the illustrations are precious. It's exactly what I would expect from Mooch and Earl.Published on May 28, 2013 by Laura