When I heard Mog was coming back it was like all my Christmas wishes were coming true. I absolutely adore Mog as do both my girls. Sharing Mog stories has been a huge part of their growing up and I have lots of special memories of storytimes laughing at the mischief that she was managing to find herself in yet again. It was such a delight to sit down and share the new book ‘Mog’s Christmas Calamity’ which Judith Kerr has created especially to support the work of Save the Children.
It’s Christmas Eve and the Thomas family is fast asleep including Mog. She is having an incredibly vivid dream about her favourite food eggs which are up in the sky. She leaps to catch the egg but is attacked by birds which wakes her up in a fright and in true Mog fashion she unknowingly gets caught up in the disaster which is about to unfold.
Mog manages to get tinsel tangled in her tail and when she tries to shake it off she sets the house on fire. Not realising what she has done she leaps out the cat flap desperately trying to run away from this annoyance not realising that it is caught up in her tail . Just when she thinks it can’t get worse Mog hears this horrible noise and runs back home not realising it’s a fire engine. The fireman think that she is leading them to the fire and when the Thomas family are rescued Mog is mistakenly hailed as a hero.
The initial joy at realising everyone has escaped safely turns into dismay when they realise that their Christmas has been ruined and all of the Thomas family are feeling very sad, especially Mog. But wait what can Nicky spot through the window? All of their neighbours are coming to help them clear up the mess and to share their Christmas with the Thomas family. This book beautifully sums up the importance of sharing at Christmas and helping those who are in need. It’s a truly heart warming story and I was totally entranced with the gorgeous illustrations which I have grown up with reading. It is a perfect addition to our Christmas picture book collection and one which we will enjoy sharing for many years to come.
Judith Kerr, HarperCollins and Sainsbury’s will donate all of their profits from the sale of this book and at least £2 will go to supporting Save the Children’s work on improving child literacy in the UK including supporting the work of the fantastic ‘Read On. Get On.’ campaign. To find out more about the work Save the Children are doing to help improve literacy go to: