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Goodbye, Mog
Kerr, Judith.
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London : Collins, 2002.
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32 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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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.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Kerr seemingly caps her bestselling series of books about an affable family pet with this simultaneously sad and soothing story. "I want to sleep forever," thinks the "dead-tired" Mog: "And so she did. But a little bit of her stayed awake to see what would happen next." As a faint apparition of the cat hovers overhead, the Thomas family mourns the passing of their beloved feline. She looks on curiously and occasionally disapprovingly when Mrs. Thomas brings home a new kitten that appears to be afraid of everything. Mistakenly thinking their new pet has escaped outdoors, the Thomases search for it while Mog heads inside ("I knew they'd never manage without me. They've got themselves the wrong sort of stupid kitten and now they've lost it. I'm going in"). Mog, thrilled that the kitten can apparently see her, reverses her opinion about the young feline's intelligence and gives it the "help" it needs to become less timid and more playful-and to endear itself to its new family. Kerr's appealing story entirely avoids the maudlin with its fine balance of humor and sentiment. Her winsome art captures the sincerity and spunk of the memorable-and, perchance, immortal-Mog. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.