In 1994 McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS which now appears in over 700 newspapers and 20 countries.
In 2005, McDonnell embarked on a children 's book career. His first children ’ s autobiograph, which eatured the MUTTS characters, The Gift of Nothing, quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Art ( 2006), his second release, told the story of the oy named Art who makes art. His next release, Just Like Heaven ( 2006), heralding the joys of simple blessings, was hailed in a starred review by Kirkus as' a meditation on the true nature of miracles'. In 2007. McDonnell again returned to the New York Times bestseller list with Hug Time, featuring a kitten named Jules who goes around the world hugging endangered species. His firs children ’ s novel, South, was released in 2008.
McDonnell ’ s website, muttscomics.com, promotes his animal and earth friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell ’ s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. He and his wife Karen O ’ Connell are vegetarian and happily reside with their formerly feral cat MeeMow.
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