I have lots of old favourites, some of which I’ve probably already mentioned. But when it came to thinking of a picture book to review for today’s theme, a very special old favourite came to mind…
Mog And Bunny And Other Stories (HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2013)
This is a collection of three Mog books by Judith Kerr, in the modern large format (all the better for seeing the gorgeous artwork.) I am in two minds on picture book collections. On the one hand, I prefer individual picture books, partially for the endpapers and because my children never let me read only one story out of a collection, it has to be the whole book, but mainly because I just prefer individual books. On the other hand, collections like these often cost little more than a single picture book so are great value for money and also make wonderful gifts.
The three stories in this collection are Mog and Bunny; Mog and the V.E.T. and Mog and the Granny. In Mog and Bunny we’re introduced to Mog’s favourite toy. In Mog and the V.E.T. Mog hurts her paw and has to go to the vet to get better, and in Mog and the Granny, the family go on holiday leaving Mog to be looked after by a friend.
As always, the observations of cats are perfectly illustrated, and on reading these stories, I could see why there is a book called “All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome”! My only gripe is that the phrase Red Indian wasn’t changed to a more acceptable term.
I love Mog, and think she belongs on every child’s bookshelf.
Disclosure: Mog And Bunny And Other Stories received for review from HarperCollins Children’s Books.