Somewhere to review books I'm reading without giving away any spoilers!
Author: Patrick McDonnell
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Published: October 2014
The Mutts are a variety of different cartoon creatures and this is a collection of their diaries. Anyone who loves animals and funny comics will find this hilarious! There are diaries by dogs (Earl and Guard Dog), cats and kittens (Mooch, Sour Puss, Shtinky Pudding and the twin kittens Chickpea and Chickpea’s brother), a nasty tempered crab called Crabby who keeps using bad language that you can’t read and a couple of squirrels, Bip and Bop, who enjoy throwing nuts at other characters!
Sorry, just my usual comment on comic strip type adventures for children, I really wish publishers would seriously consider producing the text in such books in lower as well as upper case so that children who are beginning to read can actually read them with greater independence . . . . Books like this will really appeal to children but many emergent readers will be put off by the constant use of capital letters they cannot fluently or easily read, making the experience less enjoyable for them. This is a shame as this book could be motivational in encouraging children to read, if it wasn’t for the upper case text!
Wonderfully illustrated and highly entertaining, this will delight children and adults alike and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it! I received a copy of this from the author and publisher via Netgalley in exchange for this, an honest review.