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M is for Meg and Mog

Meg and MogThe children’s library, when I was a child, was a mag­i­cal place.  The walls were full of book­shelves and in the mid­dle of the room there were boxes of books.  All kinds of lit­tle kid books.  Adven­ture, ani­mals, pirates and best of all witches.  It was in one of those crammed full boxes I found Meg and Mog.

Meg, the incom­pe­tent witch, and her side­kicks Mog the striped cat and Owl became my favourites.   You could keep fluffy bun­nies and swash­buck­ling, one legged sea cap­tains — I’d take Meg, thank you very much.  She had a broom­stick, a caul­dron and could con­jure (unsuc­cess­fully) with cool words.

The series was first pub­lished in the 1970s  and the col­lec­tion of sto­ries about Meg has risen to 16.  I had no idea there were so many now until I did a lit­tle nos­ing around on the inter­ent.  Just like I didn’t know the illus­tra­tor Jan Pieńkowski is a man! I’d assumed he was a she.

I found a col­lec­tion of Meg and Mog books when my sons were lit­tle.  I think it included the titles ‘Meg and Mog’, ‘Meg’s Eggs’, ‘Meg on the Moon’, ‘Meg’s Cas­tle’ and ‘Meg’s Car’.  I loved this book.  I could almost see the sheer hor­ror in my sons’ eyes when I’d get that book out.  I’m pretty sure they were think­ing along the lines of ‘that crazy woman has got that damn book out again’.  Or some­thing like that.

These are great kids books to read.  They’re fun, colour­ful and have some great rhyming words.  I’d love to get my hands on some to read to my daugh­ter who’s approach­ing the grand, old age of 3.  I’m sure she’d love them.  Oh no… wait… that’s me

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