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]

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.[2] The family name "Thomas" is from the first name of her husband, Nigel Kneale, upon whom the appearance of Mr Thomas was based.[2]

Titles include (with year of first publication):


  1. ^ Kate Kellaway, A good cat and true, The Guardian, 19 October 2002
  2. ^ a b Murray, Andy (2006) (paperback). Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale. London: Headpress. p. 110. ISBN 1-900486-50-4. 

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