Those who love Patrick McDonnell’s “Mutts” comic strip featuring Earl the Dog and Mooch the cat will get a kick out of A Shtinky Little Christmas (Andrews McMeel).
Earl and Mooch find a lost kitten in a garbage can, name it Shtinky Pudding and try to give it shelter. Comic-style hijinx ensues, but there’s a happy ending and, on the way there, we are given one of the best take away lines in a book I’ve seen in a while: “One can purchase ‘unconditional’ love at any animal shelter for a small fee!”
This is a sweet, small, stocking-sized book. If you enjoy the aberrant style of the Mutts strip, make sure you add this one to your list. ◊
Monica Stark is a contributing editor to January Magazine. She currently makes her home on a liveaboard boat somewhere in the North Pacific.