By Patrick McDonnell
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316114943, 48pp.)
Publication Date: November 2007
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There was once a kitten so filled with love he wanted to give the whole world a hug!
And so Jules the kitten (also known in the Mutts cartoons as "Shtinky Puddin'") goes down the stairs to hug his friends, then all the birds in the park--and then he travels the world, hugging all those he meets! As Jules learns, a hug is the simplest--but kindest--gift we can give. And you can start giving right here, right now with the one who's closest to you. A joyous story about sharing love with a gently environmental theme.
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 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, and JUST LIKE HEAVEN, and the co-author of KRAZY KAT: THE COMIC ART OF GEORGE HERRIMAN.