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Judith Kerr has written and illustrated a number of books about a charming cat called Mog and my daughters seem to have read most of them. One of their favourites has to be 'Mog and Bunny' where Mog forms a strong attachment with a soft and cuddly pink bunny. Lots of small children form strong attachments to some of their earliest toys and never let them out of their sight even when they become quite disgustingly mucky which makes this such a good story for small children to relate to!
One day, Nicky and Debbie (the children who Mog lives with) give him the small pink bunny. Straightaway she loves the bunny and is found playing with it all the time. She plays with it so much, occasionally getting it wet when she gives it a drink or ripping an ear off in an overzealous moment, and often leaving it where Mum or Dad might trip over it! In fact Mum is not very keen at all on the pink thing, which she calls a 'horrible dirty thing!' and threatens to throw it away.
However, one wet and windy day, the bunny is lost in the garden and Mog is miserable. In fact she is so miserable that she refuses to come indoors until it is found. This goes on late into the dark evening and Mog is really pining and also her fur is quite sodden and bedraggled! Luckily Nicky and Debbie help and the bunny is eventually found trapped under a barbeque fork. The next day when they tell their mum what has happens she starts to appreciate just how much the bunny means to Mog and promises that she won't throw it away - especially now it is a lot cleaner since having been washed in the heavy rain!
This is a very simple story but quite delightful in its own way. The story it tells is actually quite moving and is one that children will relate to very easily. Mog is an endearing central character that takes on a lot of human-like traits. He is also very quite to look at with stripy fur and a cheeky look on his face.
This brings me on to the illustrations that are so good and really help tell the story. In fact, it is the sort of book where you should encourage your children to look very closely at the pictures because they actually contribute more to the telling than the actual words on the page. By doing this they might notice when Bunny loses its ears or the fact that it is sitting quite precariously underneath the hanging barbeque fork that looks a little bit like an instrument of torture! As the book was first published in 1988 though, I do think that some of the illustrations of the children and especially their clothes start to look a bit dated - not that this matters at all but it is just an observation!
The story is also told using quite simple language, which makes it nicely accessible for a young child. Also, as there are not too many words on any of the pages, it is quite manageable for a new reader.
As I said there are quite a few books about Mog and they are all equally charming. Mog and Bunny is an ideal short read especially before reading with its cute character and happy ending! My daughters definitely recommend it!
Mog and Bunny is published by Harper Collins and has a RRP of £5.99.
This is just one of a number of delightful stories of a cat called Mog. If you ask me, there just aren’t enough of these books. They are written and illustrated by Judith Kerr and she captures the essence of this cat, or perhaps it could be any family pet for that matter, with great insight. All of these books are wonderful for young children, and are particularly suited to pre-school children. Mog is a member of the Thomas family. The family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and their three children Nicky, Debbie, and Mog. Okay, well Mog is a cat really but in the books she really is a part of the family. Everything revolves around the antics of the cat and Mog’s interaction with the family. On occasions, Mog has been a very brave hero helping to capture a burglar! In this book, Mog gets a present from Debbie and Nicky. It’s a soft toy called Bunny. It is just the right size for a cat like Mog and make no mistake about it – Mog likes Bunny! She plays with it, chews on it, plays with it some more – and some more – and is very fond of leaving Bunny is some very innapropriate places. This often gets Mog into trouble. When Mog was having supper, Bunny was there too. When Mog had a drink, it was obvious to Mog that the Bunny was thirsty too so Mog places Bunny in the bowl of milk or water. The children always like to play a game of “look where Bunny’s got to”. At night, Mog took Bunny to bed with her. If Mog was going to busy during the day then Mog would put Bunny in a "safe" place. Inevitably, Bunny ends up in some unusual places, much to the children’s amusement but often to their parents bemusement. And sometimes they are not too happy because Bunny really does get just a little wet and bedragglled at times. Now can’t you see the child in this cat. Certainly my daughter has been very attached to soft toys. In fact her favourite soft toy for many years was a
small pink teddy that went by the name of – Pink Teddy. Looking back on it, it was a spot-on name. Now this teddy went EVERYWHERE with her. If we were going in the car, Pink Teddy came too. If she was going to bed, Pink Teddy went too. We even have a story of Pink Teddy going to the woods on an adventure. We took the photographs to prove it! For Mog, Bunny was this sort of toy. A toy that children just adore for no known reason but they take it with them everywhere. It becomes part of the family too! We used to dread losing Pink Teddy because he was, quite literally, irreplaceable. Now you can imagine how terrible such a thing would be, but this is what happens to Bunny. Bunny gets lost! It happens when all the family are having a lovely barbeque in the garden and all of a sudden – the weather takes a sudden turn for the worse. During a thunderstorm they all dash inside grabbing things as they go. But Bunny gets forgotten in the rush! As the children get ready for bed they ask after Mog. Their mother says she is outside, probably keeping dry under a bush. Later that night, though, Debbie and Nicky wake up and see that Mog still isn’t in her basket. They are very worried and go into the garden to see if they can find her. It’s still raining but they hear a sorrowful meow. With his torch, Nicky finds a very, very wet Mog sitting in the garden. When they look closer, they see a very, very wet Bunny trapped underneath a heavy barbeque item. Much to Mog's relief, Nicky sets Bunny free and they all go back inside where it is warm and dry. Bunny is put on the radiator to dry out and Mog and the children are all happy now and go to sleep. In the morning, they tell Mrs. Thomas what had happened. When they look at Mog in her basket, can you guess where Bunny had got to?
The is the story of Mog and her very own soft toy called Bunny. Bunny goes everywhere with Mog and gets put into some very odd places.