Children’s Books from Patrick McDonnell
The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s the Hard Way (2017)
It starts with an ALLIGATOR and a BEAR chasing a CAT. When a DRAGON (and a chicken and an egg!) join in pursuit, things start to get really interesting. This exciting new take on the traditional alphabet book is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered what’s just beyond the front door. A recipient of starred reviews from Kirkus, Horn Book, and Publishers Weekly.
This vibrant picture book, written by Patrick McDonnell and illustrated by celebrated artist Naoko Stoop, tells a story about learning to appreciate the wonders in your world and within yourself. When Hoshi the sea star looks at the sky, she wishes she could be up there too, among the shining stars. Eventually, with the help of her friends, Hoshi realizes that her glorious shine comes from within.
Silly, Wonderful You (2016)
From bestselling author Sherri Duskey Rinker and MUTTS creator/illustrator Patrick McDonnell, this heartwarming picture book takes the form of a funny and tender love letter from a parent to her child.
Tek: The Modern Cave Boy (2016)
This timely tale comes packaged as a tablet-shaped hardcover that’s perfect for today’s digital-savvy children. It’s a hilarious (and heartfelt) reminder of how technology can take us backward — all the way to the times of prehistoric man! A Publishers Weekly starred review recipient.
Thank You and Good Night (2015)
During a fun pajama party, three animal friends dance, play, and take time to give thanks before drifting off to sleep. This award-winning bedtime story also available as a board book, reminds us to cherish life’s simplest pleasures and pays homage to classics of children’s literature. Named the 2016 NAIBA Picture Book of the Year and a Best Picture Book of 2015 by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and more.
The Skunk (2015)
This children’s tale is a collaboration between author Mac Barnett and illustrator Patrick McDonnell. Slyly hilarious and captivatingly absurd, this story follows a tuxedo-clad man as he attempts to escape the attention of a little skunk, who follows him across the city. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2015. (Out of Print)
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story (2014)
In this engaging, read-aloud story, Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, almost-perfect tale about embracing life’s messes. Little Louie’s story keeps getting messed up, and he’s not happy about it! However, when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one — imperfections and all.
Hug Time (2012)
This board book follows Jules the kitten (also known by MUTTS lovers as Shtinky Puddin’) as he makes a “Hug To-Do List” in order to make the world a better place. He places the endangered species of the world at the top of his list, and travels the globe to show all of the animals that someone cares.
The Monsters’ Monster (2012)
In this playful, humorous tale a very BIG monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless gratitude. A New York Times and Indiebound bestseller. A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2012 and NAPPA Silver Winner.
A Shtinky Little Christmas (2012)
This giftable, Christmas-themed MUTTS keepsake tells the story of Shtinky Puddin’, a wayward tiger-striped kitty taken in by Mooch the cat and Earl the dog. When the furry trio eventually find themselves stranded in a blizzard, a jolly, red suit-wearing, white-bearded human comes to the rescue.
In his characteristic heartwarming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of “a life living with and helping all animals” — until the day she finds that her dream has come true. With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall’s autobiography, McDonnell makes this very true story accessible for the very young (and young at heart).
In this simple children’s book, Patrick McDonnell pays a sweet tribute to his own real-life pup (Earl) with a tale of wiggling and wagging, fwipping and fwapping. New readers will rejoice in reciting the fun story aloud and delight in its vibrant illustrations.
When a little bird awakens to find that all of his friends and family have gone south for the winter, it takes a surprising friendship with Mooch the cat to help him find his way. This is a wordless and profoundly moving story that explores being lost and found, crossing boundaries, saying goodbye, and broadening horizons.
This children’s book is a rhyming tribute to any budding artist with freewheeling energy. Patrick McDonnell uses quirky wordplay and exuberant images to tell the story of Art, a young boy who likes to paint and doodle.
The Gift of Nothing (2005)
This New York Times bestseller follows beloved MUTTS character Mooch the cat as he attempts to find the perfect gift for his friend Earl the dog. Ultimately, Mooch presents Earl with something priceless and far more special than anything for sale at a store: the gift of friendship. This perennial favorite is also available as a board book, titled The Little Gift of Nothing.