Children's Literature Judith Kerr Goodbye Mog

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Goodbye Mog

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Mog was tired. She was dead tired...Mog thought, `I want to sleep for ever.' And so she did. But a little bit of her stayed awake to see what would happen next.Mog keeps watch over the upset Thomas family, who miss her terribly, and she wonders how they will ever manage without her. Nothing happens for some time...then suddenly, one day, Mog sees a little kitten in the house. The kitten is frightened of everything - noise, newspapers, bags and being picked up. Mog thinks the kitten is very stupid.But then Mog realises that the nervous kitten doesn't know how to play and just needs `a little bit of help'. And so, Mog pushes the surprised kitten into Debbie's lap, where it finds it actually likes being tickled and stroked.The new family pet is settled in at last. But Debbie says she will always remember Mog.`So I should hope,' thinks Mog. And she flies up and up and up right into the sun.

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About the Author:

Judith Kerr escaped to England with her family in 1936, after fleeing Hitler's Germany. During the War she worked for the Red Cross before winning a scholarship to the Central School of Art and Crafts in 1945. She worked as an artist and as a BBC television scriptwriter, before becoming one of the best-loved children's authors of the twentieth century. Judith Kerr has written three novels about her childhood, including `When Hilter Stole Pink Rabbit', and many picture books.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3-This book takes an interesting and unusual approach to a longtime favorite character. Although Mog dies on the first page ("Mog was tired. She was dead tired.- Mog thought, `I want to sleep for ever.' And so she did"), the cat stays around for the duration of the story in the form of a spirit, thinking that the family won't be able to get along without her. The family members are sad at first, but their attention is soon taken up with a new kitten that is afraid of everything. With the help of Mog, it learns to play like a proper cat, and to love its family and be loved in return. Satisfied that her former family is now in good cat paws, Mog's spirit flies up to the sky. Like so many other classic children's book characters, this feline seems frozen in time, cared for by children who never get any older and in a house that always appears the same, providing readers the comfort that accompanies familiarity. But young listeners who know Mog may feel as bereft as her fictional family, and the uninitiated may be taken aback by the abrupt death. The floating spirit in each of the color cartoon illustrations may elicit questions that require some thoughtful adult answers. Although this is an interesting exploration of loss, endings, and new beginnings, for Mog's loyal fans, saying good-bye to her is like killing off Clifford, the big red dog.
Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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