Mog (Judith Kerr)

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Mog, on the cover of the first book in the series

Mog is the main character in a series of children's books written by Judith Kerr. Other regularly occurring characters include Mr and Mrs Thomas (Mog's owners) and their two children Nicky and Debbie. In each book Mog gets into a different conundrum with a new character or event. Unusually for a popular children's series, Mog dies of old age in the final book, 2002's Goodbye, Mog.[1][2]

Kerr based her illustrations of the house in which the family live on her own family home in Barnes, London, and the two children were named after the middle names of her own son and daughter, Matthew and Tacy.[3] The family name "Thomas" is from the first name of her husband, Nigel Kneale, upon whom the appearance of Mr Thomas was based.[3]

Titles include (with year of first publication):

  • Mog the Forgetful Cat (1970)
  • Mog's Christmas (1976)
  • Mog and the Baby (1980)
  • Mog in the Dark (1983)
  • Mog and Me (1984)
  • Mog's Family of Cats (1985)
  • Mog's Amazing Birthday Caper (1986)
  • Mog and Bunny (1988)
  • Mog and Barnaby (also known as Look Out, Mog, 1991)
  • Mog on Fox Night (1993)
  • Mog in the Garden (1994)
  • Mog's Kittens (1994)
  • Mog and the Granny (1995)
  • Mog and the Vee Ee Tee (1996)
  • Mog's Bad Thing (2000)
  • Goodbye, Mog (2002)


  1. ^ Kate Kellaway (2002-11-07). "Review: Goodbye Mog by Judith Kerr | Books". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  2. ^ Dina Rabinovitch (2005-11-03). "Why Mog had to die | Books". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  3. ^ a b Murray, Andy (2006). Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale (paperback). London: Headpress. p. 110. ISBN 1-900486-50-4. 

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