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Mog and the Vee Ee Tee by Judith Kerr

Mog and the Vee Ee Tee

by Judith Kerr

Series: Mog (14)

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When Mog injures her paw while chasing butterflies, the plump kitty is bundled off to the veterinarian, or "vee-ee-tee" as Mrs. Thomas is careful to call him, reasoning that while Mog might hate the vet, "she probably couldn't spell." Here Mog makes her discontent known, meowing loudly throughout the whole ordeal, bravely resisting as the vet attempts to extract her from her carrier basket, and taking the first opportunity to escape, after he has pulled a thorn from her paw. Chaos naturally ensues, as the dogs in the waiting room give chase, and the people attempt to restore calm. Mog dreams happily that night, but the vet is left a little less composed...

As someone who for many years had a cat companion notorious for her uncooperative behaviour at the vet's office, Mog and the V.E.T. (originally published as Mog and the Vee-ee-Tee) had me giggling in guilty recognition as I read it. My cat used to splay her legs wide, and hang on to the inside of her carrier for dear life, once we reached the examination room at the vet's, so it was amusing to see that Mog too was reluctant to emerge, and that her basket had to be held upside down to encourage it. Mog's stories always have a little bit of the surreal in them, so I was unsurprised to see that our feline heroine ends the tale with a beautiful dream in which she herself now has butterfly wings. Hybrid animals do seem a hallmark of her dream life, and can also be seen in Mog in the Dark and Mog and the Granny. I wasn't prepared for the vet's dream, in which he envisions himself surrounded by wild animals in need of his attention, but it was an amusing touch. As always with Kerr's Mog books, the accompanying artwork is intensely droll, capturing Mog's changing emotions, from pained anguish, to angry discontent, to pleased relaxation. Fans of Mog will enjoy this fourteenth title devoted to her doings, as will young cat-lovers in general. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Mar 3, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007171285, Paperback)

New cover, new format reissue of this story about everyone’s favourite family cat, Mog.

One day Mog was chasing a butterfly when something happened to her paw. “She’ll have to go to the vee ee tee,” said Mrs Thomas. But Mog hates going to the vet and before her paw can be made better, she causes great confusion in the vet’s surgery…

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When Mog, the cat, gets a sore paw and needs to go to the vet, she causes great confusion in the surgery. Suggested level: junior, primary.

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