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Goodbye Mog [Paperback]

Judith Kerr
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1 Sep 2003

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.

Mog keeps watch over the upset Thomas family, who miss her terribly, and she wonders how they will ever manage without her. Nothing happens for some time…then suddenly, one day, Mog sees a little kitten in the house. The kitten is frightened of everything – noise, newspapers, bags and being picked up. Mog thinks the kitten is very stupid.

But then Mog realises that the nervous kitten doesn’t know how to play and just needs ‘a little bit of help’. And so, Mog pushes the surprised kitten into Debbie’s lap, where it finds it actually likes being tickled and stroked.

The new family pet is settled in at last. But Debbie says she will always remember Mog.
‘So I should hope,’ thinks Mog. And she flies up and up and up right into the sun.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (1 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007149697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007149698
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 21.8 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape from the Nazis and they arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. She is best known for her children's books, both self-illustrated picture titles such as the 17-strong Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea, and novels such as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and The Other Way Round, which tells the story of the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Germany from a child's perspective.

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Wise, sometimes wistful but ultimately triumphant, this picture book really is something special. Judith Kerr’s previous Mog stories have always hit the highest standards; this one is her best yet: clever, affectionately illustrated and totally life-affirming.’ The Independent

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From the front cover, with a cheeky-looking Mog leaping into the great mouse-heaven in the sky, there is nothing mawkish about this tale. It succeeds in making death natural, not at all scary, almost life-affirming. It would be a terrific choice of book for a child who has recently lost a pet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mog will be missed 28 Oct 2002
Mog is tired, dead tired so she sleeps forever. After Mog dies her spirit stays around to look after the new kitten.
This is a wonderfully written story about a very delicate subject. Mogs thoughts on the new kitten are lovely and just what you would expect from such a well loved character. Mogs death is dealt with very well and I know several people who have got this book for their children after the death of a loved one, not just a pet.
It brought a tear to my eye having grown up with Mog. With luck we will be seeing stories about the new kitten.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful end to a classic series. I love Mog!! 23 April 2008
By grr
Mog is tired, dead tired, so she wants to sleep forever..... You cannot read this without your eyes misting up...Judith Kerr brings to a poignant end her Mog stories with this classic. I love it, it is not preachy or sugary about death. Just straightforward and honest. I also love how we see life goes on afterwards, new things appear and move on. The illustrations are perfect as ever, especially ghost Mog. A great book for dealing with death, but its also a good story in its own right. Perfect for a Mog collection or just to help deal with the death of pet. Beautiful! Sniffle..!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell To A Dear Little Friend 10 April 2007
By C. Knowles VINE VOICE
When I first spotted the hardback edition of this book in the shop and registered the title, my heart gave a sickening lurch. When I picked the book up and turned to page one, I almost collapsed in shock and grief. It took several minutes before I was composed enough to take the book to the tills. And I'm a grown man. But one who had loved Mog dearly for 30 years, regarded her as a sweet, funny friend, always there to cheer me up on the blackest of days. How could she be gone? When I got home and was able to read the book in a calmer manner, without worrying that my emotions would overwhelm me in public, I realised that the book is exquisite, so special, a volume to treasure. It was so brave of Judith Kerr to write this, and as a book to introduce the delicate subject of mortality to younger children, I can't see any way it could have been bettered. There's nothing here to scare or disturb little ones, but nor does it gloss over the realities. I just wonder if Kerr realised while writing this that it was just as likely that the kids would end up comforting the mums and dads?! (And like one of the previous reviewers, I've been wondering how Rumpus is getting along - I'd love to know!)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect ending to a wonderful series 13 Jan 2009
Having grown up with Mog myself, and then enjoyed them again with my children, I bought this book on recommendation from my vicar after our cat died. It was lovely, and pitched a difficult subject very well for small children. Yes, Mog dies. It is very sad, the family is sad but hope remains in the form of Rumpus, the new kitten. Mog is there though, on every page, making sure that memories remain. We all had a good cry upon reading it, and I think that it has helped my children begin to understand loss, and more importantly, recovery from loss. We still read this book often, and I'm not asheamed to say it still brings a tear to my eye every time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
We have a 3-year old daughter & until last week two cats. A fortnight ago one of them was diagnosed with cancer & we were told she had only weeks to live - so I ordered this book immediately. We read the book every night for a week & it was the first time our daughter had come across the concept of death - of non-existance, which is actually very tricky to explain. Reading this book & asking lots of questions about it meant that when we had to take the cat to the vets to be put down, she had a frame of reference to work with - "like in the Mog book".

It's beautifully written & drawn and deals with a difficult subject in a direct & non-mawkish way. Really, really helpful when trying to explain the subject of death to a small child, though be warned they may be expecting the arrival of a kitten at some point in the future "like in the Mog book."
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cried buckets of tears! 4 July 2007
By Megep
As a diehard fan of the Mog stories having loved them ever since I was a little un, I approached this book with caution. Did I really want to spoil the happy memories I had of Mog the forgetful but loveable cat?

When I read this book, I cried buckets as it was so lovely the way Mog's death was told, and how the family gradually came to terms with her death, and eventually adopting another cat, but still saying Mog would be in their hearts forever.

My verdit? Very sad to see Mog died, but felt it was done in a touching way, that would speak to children and adults alike, in allowing them to explore the issue of death and their feelings around it. I shall be keeping a copy of this in preparation for the eventual loss of our own cats to share with my little girl. How I wish I had this book as a child, as it would have helped me so much when we lost our family pets.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars goodbye - I can't believe you've gone 2 Jun 2003
Goodbye Mog says it all. I had to read the book myself first before I read it to my 2 year old to check I could do so without crying. We love all the mog books and this one is just as special if not more so! It deals very sensitively with the death of the much loved Mog and contains all the usual special and humorous touches. Mog finally has to leave her family behind but doesn't do so until she is sure they can cope without her. Mog may be gone but she is certainly not forgotten. You may want to keep the tissues handy - for yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... my Grandaughter to help explain what happened to a favourite old...
Purchased for my Grandaughter to help explain what happened to a favourite old cat. Lovely story and brought tears to my eyes.
Published 2 days ago by Haze
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
A good read for anyone who is coping with bereavement, whatever their age. Bought for myself and also a friend struggling with the loss of her beloved cat
Published 2 months ago by Anne Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars be careful if sensitive!!
I couldn't actually read this to my children, even though we lost our cat 3 years ago I choked up when I read this to myself and have had to tuck it away on the shelf for the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware the family gets a new cat to cope with the loss of Mog
We have a cat that is getting on in years, and since we love the Mog books, I thought that we would pick this up for our 4 year old to have at the ready for when the dreadful event... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Mog
A sad story which is beautifully told and presented by Judith Kerr - very helpful when trying to explain the loss of a close friend / relative / pet. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Landboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Mog
Excellent book dealing with a very difficult subject for young children. It is a lovely story which can be enjoyed simply as a story
Published 14 months ago by Margaret Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitively done
We lost our family cat and our 7 year old was feeling pretty sad about it. I ordered this book and it made us laugh and cry both at the same time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jenny McCann
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous story!
I love all the Mog books and this is no exception. It is a simple and lovingly told story which helps children to understand and deal with the loss of a loved pet.
Published 17 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book but sad :'(
We (stepdaughter and I) love all the Mog books and this was one of the ones we hadn't read yet. Its a lovely book but a bit on the sad side! Almost made me cry!
Published 17 months ago by Miss L. S. Preece
5.0 out of 5 stars In memory of
Bought for a friend who lost her special cat called Mog. Cried a lot when she read it but really loved the story.
Published 19 months ago by pamponty
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