I am not a connoisseur of comics so I was completely oblivious to the fact that McDonnell is the creator of the comic strip Mutts. I was familiar with his other books, but I found Hug Time a little too cute and sentimental for me, and while I enjoyed The Gift of Nothing it didn't stick with me. Not so with South.
South begins with a little, yellow bird who wakes up from a nap to find the rest of his flock has gone south without him. Mooch the Cat notices the bird's distress and extends his paw in an offer to help. Soon they are off on a journey to find the rest of the flock.
McDonnell's strength has always been his illustrations and here they carry the story without need of words. I think words could have made this sweet story a bit too sappy, but instead it stands a quiet tale of friendship.