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Allison Rushby talks Mog's Christmas, KidLit Classics S2 Episode 19

Special Christmas Episode! About this episode’s KidLit Classic:

Judith Kerr's Mog picture books, first released in the 1970s, and continuing well into the 2000s, have become staple picture book classics and the titular, permanently befuddled character Mog has been named as one of the most influential cats of her generation.

In this Christmas special of Kidlit Classics, children's author Allison Rushby discusses why these cosy, warm-hearted, relatable and very funny books stand the test of time, memories of Mog, and why Mog is so lovable. We also discuss classic Christmas books and Allison's own Christmas book, The Wish Sisters, plus her 20+ year career through a variety of genres, categories and age groups.

About Allison Rushby:

Allison is the author of numerous books for children, teens and adults, and part of the trio that hosts the Your Kid's Next Read community, mainly managing the 30,000+ member Facebook group. Her latest books are the Miss Penny Dreadful junior fiction mystery series, and The Wish Sisters junior fiction series.

Connect with Allison: Website:

Your Kid's Next Read website here

YKNR Facebook group here

Connect with host Sam-Ellen Bound: Instagram @samellenb / Website

Buy Mog's Christmas here

Buy The Christmas Wish here

Buy Miss Penny Dreadful and the Mermaid's Locks here

Key titles mentioned in Podcast:

The Invisible Leash by Patrice Karst

Lockwood and Co by Jonathan Stroud

The World of the Unknown: Ghosts by Christopher Maynard

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Opening and Outro music:

‘Funny Whimsical Music’ by MoodMode, accessed via Storyblocks. Purchased and used under Storyblocks’ Royalty-Free Individual License Agreement.

Sound files:

‘Wind Chimes Bell’ by Sounds for You


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