More Mutton! The Complete Adventures of Johnny Mutton by James Proimos
ONE DAY MOMMA MUTTON OPENED HER FRONT DOOR AND FOUND THAT A BABY HAD BEEN LEFT ON HER FRONT STEPS.
BUT IT WASN'T JUST ANY BABY.
IT WAS A BABY...
BUT MOMMA'S WEAK EYES AND WARM HEART KEPT HER FROM EVEN NOTICING.
And with the convenient surname of Mutton, nobody else seems to object to Johnny's being a sheep either. (Although Mr. Stockman is heard to observe "There's something odd about that boy.")
Johnny Mutton is certainly silly, but so sweet that he gets by with it. When his classmates all bring an apple for their teacher, Johnny brings a bag of Poofy Marshmallows, easier on Mr. Slapdash's false choppers. At Halloween, when all his friends show up as pirates or witches, Johnny Mutton comes costumed as a runny nose, with two long green socks hanging out of the nasal openings. Luckily, he meets his certain soulmate, Gloria Crust, attired as a giant box of tissues.
Momma Mutton is a terrific basketball player, but Johnny can't shoot, dribble, or catch a pass, except in his mouth. But Momma is understanding when Johnny reveals his secret desire.
"I WANT TO SWIM IN THE WATER BALLET."
Johnny Mutton went on to become a national hero by winning twenty gold medals in the Olympics for water ballet.
Whether it's bonding with his nemesis Mandy Dinkis in the dark in a game of Hide and Seek, or playing Pin The Tail On The Jell-o at his surprise birthday party for Gloria, matriculating at Mrs. Bottom's School of Manners, or showing scary Old Man Stagglemyer how to skateboard, Johnny Mutton is always...er... well,...
James Proimos' brand-new compendium of Johnny Mutton cartoons, The Complete Adventures of Johnny Mutton (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014), is guaranteed goofiness, certified silliness, and warranted wacky stuff. Great for fans of Harry Allard's and James Marshall's The Stupids series, Dav Pilkey's The Dumb Bunnies and Captain Underpants series, and Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate series, Proimos' over-the-top cartooning and pizazz-y zany stories are fluffy but rib-tickling fare for reluctant readers or giggle groupies.