Mog (Judith Kerr)

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Mog, is the main character in a series of books for children. The author is Judith Kerr. In the series Mog was well loved by Mr and Mrs Thomas (Mog's owners) and their two children Nicky and Debbie. In the books Mog, a cat, would often get into a difficult situation with a new character or event.

Mog died of old age in the final book, Goodbye, Mog and goes to heaven. It was published in 2002.[1] It is not usual for a pet to die in stories for young children just learning to read. Kerr said ""I don't think it was so much about killing off Mog, as rather doing something about dying...and being remembered."[2]

New book for charity[change | change source]

In November 2015, Mog came back as a CGI character for the 2015 Christmas video advert for the supermarket, Sainsbury's. In Mog's Christmas Calamity Mog accidentally starts a fire in her house after having a bad dream. She saves her family by calling firefighters by running across the telephone and dialing the emergency number. She is a hero for saving her owners, and is later given an egg as a treat. A special plush Mog and book version of the story were sold at Sainsbury's, with all profits being donated to Save the Children's child literacy work.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kate Kellaway (November 2002). "Review: Goodbye Mog by Judith Kerr | Books". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  2. Dina Rabinovitch (3 November 2005). "Why Mog had to die | Books". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  3. Matilda Battersby (16 November 2015). "Sainsbury's Christmas Advert 'Mog's Christmas Calamity': Why Judith Kerr Deserves a Medal". Independent UK. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  4. "Sainsbury's resurrects disaster-prone Mog the cat for new Christmas book, ad (VIDEO)". Malay Mail Online. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.