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Wag! Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2009

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About the Author

Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the Mutts comic strip, which is about to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary. He has illustrated for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, Time, Parents, and other journals, done CD covers for the Greatest Hits classical music series, and created a license plate for his home state of New Jersey. Hailed as "the next Charles Schulz," Patrick sits on the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States, and has won numerous awards for both Mutts and his animal welfare work. He is the author of The Gift of Nothing, Art, Just Like Heaven, Hug Time, and South, and the co-author of Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031607361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316073615
  • ASIN: B004HB1D4U
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia McDonough on September 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wag! is the most childlike of Patrick McDonnell's children's books. On a background of baby blanket colors, the illustrations of Earl, Mooch and friends leap right off the pages, almost as if animated. Earl's love of life, as expressed by his "fwipping" tail, cannot be contained!

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.
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I am not, first and foremost, a Mutt's fan, but I am a fan of McDonnell's kid's books, and this is one of his best (Hug Time is also wonderful). Our toddler is so crazy about Wag that she shrieks with joy just seeing the cover, and literally cries when we have to put it away (after reading it many many times!). The energetic art and simple sweet story are perfect for children, and heart-warming for adults. My only regret is that McDonnell wasn't writing books when I was a kid!
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It's simple, cute, and funny. With the simplest strokes, Patrick could capture the most amazing expressions. It's an easy read for the kiddies and I can totally see them mimicking Mooch afterward. (You'll see what I mean.)

A must have for all MUTTS fan!
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Earl is all curled up in a ball fast asleep, but whenever he hears a noise POP one eye will open up and he'll jump up wagging that tail. "FWIP FWIP FWIP!" It goes so fast and happy, but nobody seems to know what makes it do that, except maybe Mooch the cat. He'll wave his paw and claim that he knows, but almost as soon as he's asked, he'll claim, "I forget." Most dogs like Earl always fwip, fwip wag their tails when they do certain things like eat or play ball. Even when Earl sits is a field of blue, pink and yellow flowers . . . "FWIP FWIP FWIP!" There goes that tail!

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!
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If you are like me, you know Patrick McDonnell mainly for his comic strip, Mutts, which records the adventures of Mooch the cat, his best friend Earl (a dog), and their human companions. While I enjoy the comic strip, and its content and whimsical drawing style seem pretty well suited for sharing with preschoolers, I personally find reading comic strips out loud rather tedious, so had been saving the Mutts revelation for when my daughter was older and could read it for herself.

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!
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I'm noticing in these reviews that this book has been predominately recommended for the little kids. My initial purchase of this book WAS for my little nephew, but I fell so in love with it, even having little jokes now about saying "fwip, fwip, fwip" whenever happy, that I kept it for me, then bought 4 more copies for loved ones! The little book is loaded with character. It's precious. "I know, I know!"
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