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Mog in the Dark
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2001
Mog is alone, in the dark, and starts imagining all sorts of things. Little birds turn big and nasty and sprout teeth, mice swell to ten times their normal size and chase Mog, rather than the other way around, and dogs develop an ability to climb trees. Mog's worries disappear after dozing off - but then the fun really starts! My two-year old adores this fantastic tale of strange flying creatures and "big Daddy mice", as she puts it - and is even learning to read through her love of the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2013
This is another one of Judith Kerr's 'Mog' books. Almost all her stories feature someone having a mad dream (sometimes Mog, sometimes her people) but a large part of this book is Mog having a really quite surreal, extended dream about things which might go on in the dark.

I'd definitely recommend it to children who are five plus and have a rich imagination. But some young readers might find some of Mog's dream a bit scary. There are giant garden birds with teeth at one point and our five-year old daughter was definitely uneasy about them.

But it compares very well against some of the sanitised children's books of today and if you want to fire your child's imagination, this book will certainly help.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2012
I have never taken LSD but my husband looked like a ghost after reading this book, saying it resembled one of his worst acid trips. It features giant tits with teeth (blue tits that is...), 'mousedogbirds' with multicoloured wings who try and pass themselves off as Mog's family, and ravening zoo animals. I am not joking.

Despite this it's kind of brilliant actually - I recommend it. My 2.5 year old adores it.
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on 1 June 2014
I have no idea whether my son understands anything in this book, in which Mog falls to sleep in a tree and has a bad dream. Then she falls out and is rescued by Nicky and Debbie. He enjoys it a lot just the same, but is convinced that dogs can climb trees and that cats can fly. I can't decide whether this actually matters. The illustrations in Mog books are quite variable in quality and in this book they are indifferent in execution. However, I love the picture of birds with teeth. Completely mad!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2013
brilliant book, highly recommend to any one with younger children, my daughters gran loves reading them to her as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2013
Lovely item for children who enjoy these books, it was exactly what I wanted and my niece was very happy with her gift
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on 29 May 2014
This is a slightly weird story, but my three year old grandson loves it, and it helped us to talk about bad dreams. I have already read it to him many times, and I think there will be many more readings and discussions! As always with the Mog books, great pictures and stimulating text.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2010
This book is a little different from the typical MOG books - it is written with a limited word count to encourage young readers which explains the repeatition of the previous reviewer. I was afraid my daughter wouldn't get it and would even be scared by it - Mog's asleep in the dark and seeing strange dogbirdmouse creatures but she absolutely did understand the fantasty and the very comforting ending of Mog being at home with her people resolved everything in the nice way toddlers like. We've read it so many times. But yes it is different - if it is your first Mog book and it doesn't capture don't give up on this series - they are great. They don't treat children as sensitively as more modern books - (Mog frightens a burglar, Mog dies) But it doesn't seem to cause my duaghter any issues (coming up to 3), Mog always end up on top, safe with her family (bar in the obvious title of course). We love them - and as for the Tiger comes to Tea... best money ever spent and our introduction to Judith Kerr.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2011
I don't know what Judith was on when she wrote this, but it's weird! I can't even bear to read it to my little boy, although he seems to like it. it's just so strange and random. I love Mog, but not this one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2012
I agree with a previous reviewer: I think this book is aimed at encouraging children to start reading for themselves. It deliberately restricts the word count and has lots of repetition. Yes, the storyline is a bit weird and trippy, a bit different from most of the other Mog books, and at first I thought it was a pretty bizarre book myself. But my daughter (coming up to 4) loves it. In fact, I only realised it must be meant to encourage children to read when my daughter took it into her own hands and started pointing at the words and half-reading, half-remembering them (easy for kids to do after a few readings, because of all the repetition). So now I'm a huge fan. I'm impressed with a book that can get a child trying to read by herself even when her mum doesn't realise that's what it's for!
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