As the mom of two tweens, I’m always looking for ways to keep their noses out of electronic devices and into books.
But let’s be honest, there’s not a lot of reading material I can get my 9 year old son and 11 year old daughter to agree on.
However, one thing they’ve taken an interest in lately are graphic novels…aka, comic books. They’ve loved looking through the library shelves for the epic tales of superheroes and their favorite characters and then swapping the books between them once home.
So when I heard about The Mutts Winter Diaries, I couldn’t wait for my kids to check it out.
Just watch my daughter discovering The Mutts Winter Diaries box sent to us (and what you can win below too!).
Kariss loved it so much, she finished it in the bathtub the night she received it!
In 1994 Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “One of the best comic strips of all time.” McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year.
MUTTS also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy: two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award.
McDonnell is involved with many animal and environmental charities, and is a member of the board of directors for both the HSUS and the Fund for Animals. His characters have been enlisted by the U.S. Marines for their 2006 Toys for Tots holiday poster, the American Library Association’s 2007 “Read!” poster, and by the HSUS for their humane postage stamps. The MUTTS characters appear on the New Jersey Animal Friendly license plates that fund state pet population programs.
McDonnell’s website, MUTTScomics.com, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. He and his wife Karen happily reside with Amelie, their rescue Jack Russell terrier, and Not Ootie, their formerly feral cat.
To coincide with the release of the new book, The Mutts Winter Diaries, Richard Leeds International has designed a cozy nightshirt to give you the sweetest of dreams. From the moment my daughter opened it in the box, she hasn’t been able to take it off! Of course, my kids believe everything’s better when in pajamas, and when you look at this Mutts nightshirt, it’s hard to argue with that logic 🙂
Enter to win your own “The Mutts Winter Diaries” prize pack here:
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Mutts Winter Diaries in exchange for writing a review on the blog. I couldn’t pass up a cozy nightshirt and an fabulous graphic novel for my girl! Winners of the giveaway will receive a copy of The Mutts Winter Diaries and Mutts sleepshirt. The giveaway will be fulfilled by Mutts Comics.