As a child I was entranced by the adventures of witch Meg, her cat Mog and (my favourite, naturally) their friend Owl. So I was really keen to introduce the characters to Alfie and delighted to discover that author Helen Nicoll had concocted a brand new tale, Meg Goes to Bed, complete with the colourful and ever-so-slightly crazy illustrations of Jan PieÅ„kowski. In case you’re not familiar with Meg and Mog, the premise is a bit Jeeves & Wooster-esque in that Meg’s not a terribly clever witch (her spells rarely reap the right results) but, fortunately, Mog is a terribly clever cat and gets them out of all manner of scrapes.
In their latest outing, the trio are all hungry and Meg tries to conjure them up some dinner. It all goes wrong and they end up going to bed with rumbly tummies. Once Meg is asleep Mog and Owl sneak out and, you’ll be pleased to hear, it has a happy ending. These are great books for sharing with your child – the bright colours and quirky style make them instantly engaging and the language is simple enough for early readers to have a go. A classic.