Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Mog the Forgetful Cat

Mog the Forgetful Cat

Judith Kerr
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
HarperCollins UK, 2005   ISBN: 978-0007228959

Mog is a large cat who lives with the Thomas family. She is not very clever and she has the tendency to forget things. More than anything else Mog forgets that she has a cat flap in the kitchen door and she drives her family to distraction by jumping on the flower box outside the kitchen window meowing to be let in. Poor Mr. Thomas has to put up with squashed flowers and every one else has to put up with having to open the window for the cat.

One day Mog manages to annoy everyone and they all say “bother that cat” at some point or another during the day. Even Debbie, who is always defending Mog, ends up getting upset with the cat. Poor Mog runs outside into the dark night and, of course, she forgets that she can come back in through the cat flap. She feels very alone, very unloved, and thoroughly sorry for herself. Then Mog sees a stranger walking around inside her kitchen. What is that man doing there? Mog decides to let the man know that she is right there outside the window and when she does she sets a very unexpected series of events into motion.

Cat fans of all ages will greatly enjoy reading about this not-too-clever cat who ends up becoming a hero. It just goes to show that we all have the potential to do great things with our lives.