The Mutts Spring Diaries
Yesh! Mooch, Earl, and all their endearing Mutts friends return in this fourth Mutts collection for kids!It's been a long, cold winter—Earl and Mooch are looking forward to shmelling the flowers! Spring is the season of new beginnings. The birds are singing fresh concertos they’ve been working on all winter long. The caterpillars are dreaming of butterfly flight. And the bears could use that first cup of coffee after their three-month hibernation. Celebrate spring with the Mutts gang as they go on egg-decorating sprees, dodge playful rain showers, and welcome home the birds from their winter vacation. Check out the “More to Explore” section to learn about the mysteries and wonders of the birds, who are all too happy to let you know that spring is here. You’ll find that Mooch and Earl’s feathered friends have some surprising secrets, and you won’t want to miss out on the springtime fun.

The Mutts Spring Diaries Details

TitleThe Mutts Spring Diaries
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 16th, 2018
PublisherAndrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN-139781449485146
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Childrens, Humor

The Mutts Spring Diaries Review

  • Morris
    January 1, 1970
    This installment of the Mutts collection is just as wonderful as the previous ones. It will be enjoyed by dog lovers of any age. The reminders to be kind to animals and to adopt had me misty-eyed. Come spring the birdhouse project in the back will be fun to try! Highly recommended!This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    I got this from netgalley from read-now section. It was okay, I have never read Mutts comics before but clearly it's not for me - though I love pets. I have both cat and dog back at home but I didn't like this as much as I wanted to. The copy I have received, was bit blurred and it took ages to turn pages in my kindle. Now I know other comics work fast so it must be problem with this only. Nothing to do with comics but I found that it took longer to turn pages than reading the column. It was ann I got this from netgalley from read-now section. It was okay, I have never read Mutts comics before but clearly it's not for me - though I love pets. I have both cat and dog back at home but I didn't like this as much as I wanted to. The copy I have received, was bit blurred and it took ages to turn pages in my kindle. Now I know other comics work fast so it must be problem with this only. Nothing to do with comics but I found that it took longer to turn pages than reading the column. It was annoying...
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  • Anna Kander
    January 1, 1970
    A cat, a dog, lots of puns and cuteness... reading the strips takes me back to reading the funnies in the newspaper at my parents' house. I liked the drawing style and the animals are just adorable.
  • Deepika Ramesh
    January 1, 1970
    A lot of characters from McDonnell's Mutts Comics are featured in this book too. They are warm and funny. I wish there was a better structure to this book and McDonnell's works have been warmer. This was a bit tepid. Still a fun read.
  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a 3 star book for me, but, a 4 star book according to my 7 year old daughter. Since this version was intended for kids, we went with her rating. If you are an adult fan of Mutts, this isn't the collection for you unless you are an absolute diehard who must have every single one. This one is definitely setup for younger kids without the subtle laughs adults are accustomed too. It is cute and I love the layout for kids. My daughter liked it enough where she sat and read 73 pages of it in o This is a 3 star book for me, but, a 4 star book according to my 7 year old daughter. Since this version was intended for kids, we went with her rating. If you are an adult fan of Mutts, this isn't the collection for you unless you are an absolute diehard who must have every single one. This one is definitely setup for younger kids without the subtle laughs adults are accustomed too. It is cute and I love the layout for kids. My daughter liked it enough where she sat and read 73 pages of it in one sitting. That's pretty good for her. She needed a couple explanations of what was going on, but, not too much as these are definitely selected for kids. If you are familiar with Mutts, then you know there are going to be strips about Earth Day, animal rescue and other related topics. My daughter was happy to see that as she is excitedly counting down to when she gets to adopt her own cat next month. I would venture that the target audience is a sensitive child between the ages of around 5-10 years old. I did receive a Netgalley ebook to review but feel that it did not influence my opinion.
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  • Rebecca Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Patrick McDonnell’s adorable comic strip collection The Mutts Spring Diaries is a delightful and heartwarming read for all ages. What a lovely, funny and cute book! I absolutely loved seeing Mooch, Earl and all their friends as Spring finally arrives. There are lots of flowers to shmell, birds and bears to greet, new bird songs to hear and, of course, many adventures to be had! The puns are just delightful and nicely done. I really like that the humour is sweet and gentle while also being perfec Patrick McDonnell’s adorable comic strip collection The Mutts Spring Diaries is a delightful and heartwarming read for all ages. What a lovely, funny and cute book! I absolutely loved seeing Mooch, Earl and all their friends as Spring finally arrives. There are lots of flowers to shmell, birds and bears to greet, new bird songs to hear and, of course, many adventures to be had! The puns are just delightful and nicely done. I really like that the humour is sweet and gentle while also being perfectly appropriate for all ages. The art is clean and simple yet interesting and adorable. There are also many comic strips like the shelter stories and the poor dog who is chained outside all day which are really heartfelt and poignant, and they may even make the hardest heart shed a tear or two. I think this book would be perfect for both children and adults because it’s easy to read and meaningful. Even if you’ve never read any of the Mutts comics before, you will still be able to understand everything here quite easily. I highly recommend this book because it’ll definitely put a smile on your face!Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Fran
    January 1, 1970
    I can never resist Mutts! This collection is no exception to the author’s track record of delightful, witty, touching cartoons which illustrate the lives of cats, dogs and other animal friends. I love that he always incorporates support of pet adoption and the humane treatment of animals.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    Mooch and Earl are cute companions, as ever. I am a bit more interested in the songbirds, though, and their various choices. Some cute jokes, some that my dad would love, and overall a nice familiar jaunt through spring with some familiar faces.
  • Janet Slipak
    January 1, 1970
    DescriptionYesh! Mooch, Earl, and all their endearing Mutts friends return in this fourth Mutts collection for kids!It’s been a long, cold winter—Earl and Mooch are looking forward to shmelling the flowers! Spring is the season of new beginnings. The birds are singing fresh concertos they’ve been working on all winter long. The caterpillars are dreaming of butterfly flight. And the bears could use that first cup of coffee after their three-month hibernation. Celebrate spring with the Mutts gang DescriptionYesh! Mooch, Earl, and all their endearing Mutts friends return in this fourth Mutts collection for kids!It’s been a long, cold winter—Earl and Mooch are looking forward to shmelling the flowers! Spring is the season of new beginnings. The birds are singing fresh concertos they’ve been working on all winter long. The caterpillars are dreaming of butterfly flight. And the bears could use that first cup of coffee after their three-month hibernation. Celebrate spring with the Mutts gang as they go on egg-decorating sprees, dodge playful rain showers, and welcome home the birds from their winter vacation. Check out the “More to Explore” section to learn about the mysteries and wonders of the birds, who are all too happy to let you know that spring is here. You’ll find that Mooch and Earl’s feathered friends have some surprising secrets, and you won’t want to miss out on the springtime fun.Andrews McMeel Publishing Comics & Graphic Novels , Middle GradePub Date 16 Jan 2018Thanks to Netgalley and  Andrew McMeel Publishing for providing me with this ARC for reading and an honest review.ISBN 9781449485146PRICE $9.99 (USD)MY BOOK REVIEW:Silly, laugh-out-loud fun, even hysterical at times, this book will surely put a smile on your face. Fantastic artwork, great punch-lines–sometimes tongue in cheek, all in good fun! I loved every character! Their personalities shown from the pages.Some comics leave you with a lasting impression and this is what Mooch and Earl do, along with all their extraordinary friends right down to a turtle and a caterpillar, or Scampi and Fido at the shelter.There were some issues with blurriness that I’m sure will be fixed by the time the eBook version is ready, but other than that…Kids will love these!
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  • I DRM Free
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, I love Mutts! This is a comic I read for many years in the papers. I find them to be funny, uplifting, happy comics. I LOVE how the author promotes adoption of cats and dogs and does MANY comics each year devoted to that endeavor.This is a wonderful collection of 160+ comics from the comic strip. Mostly dealing with spring and similar topics. In it Mooch hides in his kitty tunnel toy trying to turn himself into a butterfly. Earl and Mooch listen to the birds new songs that they are singing. Ok, I love Mutts! This is a comic I read for many years in the papers. I find them to be funny, uplifting, happy comics. I LOVE how the author promotes adoption of cats and dogs and does MANY comics each year devoted to that endeavor.This is a wonderful collection of 160+ comics from the comic strip. Mostly dealing with spring and similar topics. In it Mooch hides in his kitty tunnel toy trying to turn himself into a butterfly. Earl and Mooch listen to the birds new songs that they are singing. And much more.Now here is where I’m going to get sad, I don’t blame this on Patrick McDonnell because I doubt he has much say in this, but the book is printed in China, so I have to subtract a point for that. And the digital edition has DRM, so I have to subtract a point for that as well. And the final nail in the coffin, about 1/5 comics are poorly modified for reading digitally. What they do is just show the entire comic but sideways.How is this supposed to be readable on a computer screen or a tablet? It’s almost as if they didn’t even try. I’ve read MANY newspaper comics digitally and somehow others have figured out ways to make it readable. I tried reading this on my tablet, my phone and my PC and it was annoying on all of them. On my tablet and my phone when I rotated the device to read it, the screen would auto rotate and make things worse. I’m not going to go into settings and turn off settings like auto rotate just to read a comic. So sadly, -1 for formatting.It really pains me to do this, but I’m getting pickier and pickier with this kind of stuff. Digital devices have been around long enough and I’ve seen many others do it right, for them to get away with doing it wrong.
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  • Paul Franco
    January 1, 1970
    Another volume about a dog and cat—with a lisp—who are best friends and do everything together. This one was more educational than the one I’d read before, especially when it comes to pet adoption, but I still find it hard to tell them apart.To my groaning amusement, I really liked the snapping turtle pun“Meow.” “What kind of accent was that?”“Veni vidi oink.” Simple joke, but effective.It sucks when you can’t get a song out of your head, doubly so if you’re a bird.A lot of the Sphinx’s lines ar Another volume about a dog and cat—with a lisp—who are best friends and do everything together. This one was more educational than the one I’d read before, especially when it comes to pet adoption, but I still find it hard to tell them apart.To my groaning amusement, I really liked the snapping turtle pun“Meow.” “What kind of accent was that?”“Veni vidi oink.” Simple joke, but effective.It sucks when you can’t get a song out of your head, doubly so if you’re a bird.A lot of the Sphinx’s lines are old Benny Hill jokes.These are very simple lines and drawings, which remind me of Peanuts in a way. There’s a cute innocence to these characters, like when the turtle is mistaken for a talking rock. The guard dog is not the biting type, but he can Riverdance.My absolute favorite is the bird on a piano.
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  • Bunny
    January 1, 1970
    The reason I love Mutts so much is that Patrick McDonnell does with his comics what I would do if I had artistic talent. His love for all animals screams from these sweet and funny pages. The jokes are never cruel, they're always gentle and while you may not cackle, you will definitely smile. The Mutts talk to their animals friends in their language, dream of Africa, and attempt to turn into butterflies. So much sweetness crammed into these volumes, I don't know how anyone couldn't fall in love The reason I love Mutts so much is that Patrick McDonnell does with his comics what I would do if I had artistic talent. His love for all animals screams from these sweet and funny pages. The jokes are never cruel, they're always gentle and while you may not cackle, you will definitely smile. The Mutts talk to their animals friends in their language, dream of Africa, and attempt to turn into butterflies. So much sweetness crammed into these volumes, I don't know how anyone couldn't fall in love with this shmotley crew. I had braced myself for the Shelter Stories, but I was not prepared for the chained up guard dog being shown kindness by the little girl. That one punched me hard in the heart strings. Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
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  • V.
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I'm a big fan of Patrick McDonnell's, and first discovered him through the Mutts comic strips, so I'm the exact audience this was made for -- middle grade kids and big kids at heart! It's not a stand alone new story, but it's a collection of some of the best spring-related strips and art from the comics. You don't have to be a fan of Mooch and Earl to enjoy this, you pretty much learn all you need to know about them as you read it. There are jokes kids will love, puns adults will chu Disclaimer: I'm a big fan of Patrick McDonnell's, and first discovered him through the Mutts comic strips, so I'm the exact audience this was made for -- middle grade kids and big kids at heart! It's not a stand alone new story, but it's a collection of some of the best spring-related strips and art from the comics. You don't have to be a fan of Mooch and Earl to enjoy this, you pretty much learn all you need to know about them as you read it. There are jokes kids will love, puns adults will chuckle over, art to appreciate Patrick's talent, and some genuine heart felt stories that warm your heart. Everyone should let Mooch and Earl spring into their lives! (Yes, I couldn't resist.)Note: This review is of an advanced reading copy provided to me by Netgalley.
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  • Mindy
    January 1, 1970
    After a bit of a rough week, I needed this book. It was cute, funny, punny, and just extremely adorable and great for all ages and genders. Those who read my reviews know that I don't put in spoilers if I can help it but I do have to say the Robin Williams quote especially made me feel better. If you're looking for an easy reader to share with the kids that will interest them as they're learning to read or if you just have one that leans towards comics, definitely read this. Or, if you're like m After a bit of a rough week, I needed this book. It was cute, funny, punny, and just extremely adorable and great for all ages and genders. Those who read my reviews know that I don't put in spoilers if I can help it but I do have to say the Robin Williams quote especially made me feel better. If you're looking for an easy reader to share with the kids that will interest them as they're learning to read or if you just have one that leans towards comics, definitely read this. Or, if you're like me, you just enjoy adorable kids books as an adult, it's a great one to read.I would like to thank the publisher, author, and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    This was OK but there are better collections of these strips out there. As with the 'Winter' one, compiling these quick quippy strips by theme just proves the same joke comes round on an almost annual basis - here we just get over the birds starting their spring song, only to have them do the same thing moments later. And the book doesn't serve us, either, or at least not as a netgalley, with blank pages, and much in the way of dodgy formatting that shows a lack of care. This isn't bad - and I c This was OK but there are better collections of these strips out there. As with the 'Winter' one, compiling these quick quippy strips by theme just proves the same joke comes round on an almost annual basis - here we just get over the birds starting their spring song, only to have them do the same thing moments later. And the book doesn't serve us, either, or at least not as a netgalley, with blank pages, and much in the way of dodgy formatting that shows a lack of care. This isn't bad - and I certainly did laugh at one joke late-on - but it could have been better in all departments.
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  • Audrey Adamson
    January 1, 1970
    Mutts is a cute and often very funny comic featuring a dog and cat and how they see life. I receive an ARC from NetGalley on a cold winter day ad was cheered by the spring theme; it gave me hope on a dark day.But the biggest problem is the format. The book has cut the three panel comic to two panels and one below. This messes up the flow and is hard to read. This is a cute book that will put a smile on your face. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jessi
    January 1, 1970
    Spring is here (at least in the Mutts universe)! The birds are back and even the turtles. Easter is just around the corner and there are lots of bunnies to ask about eggs. Of course, there are also spring showers to contend with. Earl and Mooch also meet a caterpillar and hang out waiting for him to turn into a butterfly. A series of animal sounds puns ensue and the various animals take their turns trying to write their own comics.Regular Mutts readers will not be disappointed.
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  • J.D. Dehart
    January 1, 1970
    I have fond memories of reading Mutts when I was younger, so I was glad to find this collection of the classic comic strip. Fans of the comic will enjoy this collection, and I was reminded as I read of the attractive and humorous nature of the images McDonnell uses.Entertaining as an anthology, and engaging as a collection of popular culture artifacts...and not without its own charming sense of nostalgia.To quote the series, Yesh.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy an all-ages comic, especially where the message / humor is conveyed less with words than by the creativity of the artist. This collection features a Spring theme.I learned (from the trivia section at the end of the book) that migratory birds announce their presence to other birds while in flight through "one or two notes, twitters or buzzes" that are (aptly) called "flight calls."
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I've always liked the Mutts comics, but this one fell a little flat. The layout makes it look like someone took Mutts comics and then glued them into a notebook. It didn't feel like a real book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Author: Patrick McDonnellPublisher: Andrews McMeel PublishingPublication Date: 16 Jan 2018
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  • Didi
    January 1, 1970
    I love it when the characters (Earl and Mooch) get along with one together; unlike Tom and Jerry, where they are always trying to hurt one another. This is my first ‘The Mutts’ and will definitely look out for more.
  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC via NetGalley!
  • Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Coming soon...
  • Sonja
    January 1, 1970
    I have always loved this comic and this was another cute collection. Funny and adorable, what's not to like?ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley.
  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
  • Jennifer Muller
    January 1, 1970
    I  recieved a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.I loved how this collection is displayed on lined paper. It gives the comics an added appeal. Mutt and Earl are the cutest friends ever. Yesh I do love this collection of comics. We follow along with Mutt and Earl as they eagerly anticipate springtime. We get to see all their friendsMy favorite bit was when one of the songbirds sang old school! 😂
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  • Stacy Horesh
    January 1, 1970
    This is an adorable book of springtime-themed comic strips from the popular Mutts comic. It is appropriate for children, and made me chuckle quite a bit. I recommend it for a quick, light read for fans of cute animal comics (whether or not you know the Mutts comic). I really appreciate the focus on adopting shelter animals and treating them kindly!
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  • Jenny Houle
    January 1, 1970
    A disclaimer: I was previously NOT aware that this is part of a collection of books, nor was I familiar with THE MUTTS characters in advance.That being said, the characters were cute, as were all of the story lines about the birds coming back with their newly written songs, the Easter bunny, etc. I would definitely buy the series for some of the kids in my life.
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  • Cariadne
    January 1, 1970
    Mutts has become a comic classic that warms the heart. Not only does it tickle the funny bones, it also helps shed a spotlight on a number of animal causes. You can't fault the kindness and charm in this comic series.
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