Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Mog’s Christmas

Mog’s Christmas

Judith Kerr
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
HarperCollins UK, 2004   ISBN: 978-0007171354

Mog the cat is very displeased because everything in the house is topsy-turvy. Everyone is too busy to pay attention to her, there are lots of strange people in the house, and nothing is the way it is supposed to be.

Then the poor cat is further upset by the arrival of a tree which appears to be walking by itself. Mog is so terrified by the extraordinary sight that she climbs straight up the side of the house and onto the roof and she refuses to come down. Even when it snows and even when it is suppertime Mog stubbornly stays on the roof. The next morning Mog is still up there, perched on the chimney and having wonderful dreams. Her family is very sad however wishing that there was something they could do to make their cat come down off the roof and join them in the house for the special celebration.

Cat lovers of all ages will greatly appreciate this story which is told mostly from Mog’s feline point of view. The reader is reminded that it is important to include our pets in all family activities and that animals need to feel loved and included every day. They also need to be reassured when new and strange things are taking place around them.