KidLit Podcast: Patrick McDonnell

Podcast Ep 34 | Patrick McDonnell

Do you ever feel like you want to disconnect from your devices, and explore the outside world? Patrick McDonnell’s new book Tek: The Modern Cave Boy, encourages kids to put down their phones, tablets and video games and go on a real life adventure! Tek, a young cave boy who is glued to technology! You won’t see this young boy without his cell phone or video games! Can anyone in the village convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world?

StoryMakers’ Host Rocco Staino interviews Patrick who talks all about the creation of Tek: The Modern Cave Boy and his most popular picture books, Thank You and Goodnight and A Perfectly Messed-Up. Your kids might also be familiar with his famous comic strip MUTTS!

Thank You and Goodnight is a goodnight tale about a pajama party featuring storybook characters such as Winnie The Pooh! At the end of the fun and exciting night, all of the characters say thank you for the day, the night, and good friends! Next, comes A Perfectly Messed-Up Story! This picture book follows Little Louie’s who’s story keeps getting messed up! The book tells an important message, life is not perfect, but everyone should love what it is!

WATCH PATRICK’S STORYMAKERS EPISODE HERE!

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ABOUT THE BOOKS

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
Written and illustrated Patrick McDonnell
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Little Louie’s story keeps getting messed up, and he’s not happy about it. What’s the point of telling his tale if he can’t tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one–imperfections and all.

Thank You and Good Night
Written and illustrated Patrick McDonnell
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

During a fun pajama party, three animal friends dance and play, but at last everyone is getting sleepy. Is it time for bed yet? Not before taking the time to say thank you for the day, the night, and good friends.

Tek: The Modern Cave Boy
Written and illustrated Patrick McDonnell
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Tek is a cave boy in love with tech: his tablet, video games, phone, and TV keep him deep in his cave, glued to his devices, day in and day out. He never sees his friends or family anymore–and his ability to communicate has devolved to just one word: “UGH” Can anyone in the village convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world?

ABOUT PATRICK MCDONNELL
In 1994 Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “One of the best comic strips of all time.” In 2005, McDonnell embarked on a children’s book career. His first children’s book The Gift of Nothing quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. McDonnell is involved with many animal and environmental charities, and is a member of the board of directors for both the HSUS and the Fund for Animals. His characters have been enlisted by the U.S. Marines for their 2006 Toys for Tots holiday poster, the American Library Association’s 2007 “Read!” poster, and by the HSUS for their humane postage stamps.

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