3rd May '18
Mog is a beloved character from my own childhood so I was keen to share it with my own children. Happily; they seem as fond of her as I was!
This is the first in the Mog series; it tells the story of Mog, a lovable but very forgetful cat who always seems to be getting herself in trouble because of her terrible memory. After a series of catastrophes and several renditions of “bother that cat!” Mog is left alone in the garden, in the dark feeling very sorry for herself - thought happily in the prime position to stop a burglary (not that she knew that...) There is a happy ending in which the Thomas family try to be a little more accepting of her forgetfulness and only very rarely say “bother that cat”.
The subject matter was a big winner for my daughter in particular as she loves cats. They enjoy th trouble Mog seems to cause and giggles at her mishaps (although there was some concern when she meets to big dog!)
Both children enjoy the beautiful illustrations; they are bright and set against white backgrounds so they really stand out. They seem to enjoy the classic style and I love the nostalgia!
The syntax and language are simple and makes it easy for young chikdren to follow the story. Both my 2 year old and 4 year old will happily sit and listen to the full book; though I do think the illustrations help maintain their attention.
Overall, this is a beautiful, beloved classic which starts to conversation about how we treat people and animals around us, patience and kindness. Having re-read it initially since childhood I did feel that the Thomas family was a bit harsh to Mog but equally it was a different era with slightly different norms which again opens the door to a different discussion.
All that said, this is a well-read book in our house and my kids love this mainly because of the lovable character of Mog.