"Art runs from page to page with paintbrush or colored pencil, drawing as he goes, paying direct homage to Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harold now has a perfect companion in Art. Sheer delight."
"Patrick McDonnell's Mutts is up there with Peanuts, Pogo, Krazy Kat, and Calvin and Hobbes - cartoons that are smart and funny, brilliantly drawn, and full of heart." -Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons
"To me, Mutts is exactly what a comic strip should be. It is one of the best comic strips of all time." -Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts
"Patrick McDonnell possesses an elegance of line and narrative that both transcends and defines his medium. His artistry is in his Zen-like clarity, his simple direct address, and his unique understanding of the essential animal/human continuum. When one experiences Mutts, one experiences genius." -Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones
National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year 1999
National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Comic Strip of the Year 1997
Harvey Award for Best Comic Strip 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003
PETA Humanitarian Award 2001 —
McDonnell is the creator of The Monsters' Monster, a New York Times bestseller; Me...Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book and a New York Times bestselling picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall; and the award-winning picture book Art. He is also the creator of the beloved, internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts, which features the characters that star in five of his previous picture books including Wag!,The Gift of Nothing, Just Like Heaven, Hug Time, and South.
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 lives in New Jersey with his wife, Karen; their formerly feral cat, Not Ootie; and their adopted terrier, Amelie.