Just Like Heaven
By Patrick McDonnell
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316114936, 44pp.)
Publication Date: October 2006
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Patrick McDonnell's hypnotic picture book featuring the stars of his Mutts comic strip is a captivating ode to everyday beauty and wonder.When Mooch the cat awakes to find himself lost in a deep fog, he concludes he's in heaven. 'Wow,' he remarks as he explores. 'What a great place.' But when Mooch comes face-to-face in heaven with a big and scary dog, what, he wonders, is he supposed to do? Mooch's reassuring answer reveals that the joys of nature, home and friends are blessings to appreciate here and now. Heaven really is a place on earth!
Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the Mutts comic strip, which recently celebrated its tenth 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 Hit 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 and Art (LBYR), his first children's books, and the co-author of Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman. He also contributed a story to Little Lit: It Was a Dark and Silly Night, edited by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly (HarperCollins, 2003).