Mog's Amazing Birthday Caper : ABC Paperback
by Judith Kerr
Illustrated by Judith Kerr
Relive another classic story about everyone's favourite family cat, Mog, in this beautiful new edition.
Join the loveable, accident-prone cat as she makes her way to Debbie's birthday party through an alphabet adventure!
On the day of Debbie's birthday party, Mog sets off on an adventure through the alphabet.
Along the way she meets the dragons in the dark and the jaguar with a jug of jelly.
M is for Mog, but to her surprise, it is also for the mad mouse monster of her dream.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 48 pages, (Colour illustrations)
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/08/2005
- Category: Picture books: character books
- ISBN: 9780007171316
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Review by AbigailAdams26
When Mog accidentally pops one of the balloons at Debbie's birthday party, and partially crushes the cake and candles while attempting to get away, the resultant fuss from her human family sends her off to the corner for a catnap. Here she experiences a surreal dream involving dragons, elephants eating one of the party guests, a giraffe in a helicopter, an Indian with ice cream, a jaguar, a gigantic mouse monster, a pink palace with purple pillars, a flash flood, a flying carpet, and an unexpected plunge into shark-infested waters. Fortunately for Mog, she is awakened at this point, and joins the other celebrants on a trip to the zoo...Both storybook and alphabet book, <u>Mog's Amazing Birthday Caper</u> features the same kind of bizarre (and entertaining) dream imagery as <u>Mog in the Dark</u>, cleverly keeping the reader involved in the narrative, while also making excellent use of alliteration to explore each letter. Poor Mog looks so distressed as Mr. Thomas scolds her, telling her that <i>"Biting balloons is bad! Bursting birthday balloons is beastly!",</i> and so smugly pleased when an elephant eats spoiled cry-baby Emily (in the dream!). As always with Judith Kerr's Mog books, the artwork adds significantly to the pleasure of reading, and Mog's many expressions are as appealingly droll as ever. I could have lived without the Indian figure, dressed in stereotypical Plains regalia - clearly meant to be a dream reflection of the party guest wearing an Indian "costume" - and subtracted a half-star on that account, but leaving that one issue aside, this was an entertaining addition to Mog's adventures.