Meg and Mog series
Meg and Mog / Meg's Eggs
Author: Helen Nicoll
Illustrator: Jan Pieńkowski
Target audience: 2-5 years
Format: Board book, Paperback (30 pages)
First published in 1972, this is a children's classic, that I personally loved as a child. Meg is a hapless witch, with the story following her exploits one halloween day. The illustrations themselves are good for kids with CVIs, with solid blocks of colour against totally plain backgrounds.
Where it falls down is that there is rather too much going on on a lot of the pages. The story text, together with onomatopoeia and exclamations from the characters, are all molded around the pictures. The text, for example, follows Meg as she clip clops down the stairs and flies up the chimney. All of which adds brilliantly to the story for regular sighted kids, but is obviously going to be a source of problems for our CVI kids. The other issue, is that some of the images are black on blue, which doesn't give the best of contrast.
What I'm personally planning on doing with this book when I eventually get around to it is colour photocopying the images and re-pasting them onto plain backgrounds, without the words. If you fancy committing literary sacrilege, then you could try picking up a couple of cheap copies from charity shops or online, and cutting out and re-mounting the images. Worth noting here, is that the different editions over the years do seem to vary quite considerably in size, so if choosing from second hand copies on line, it's worth looking for the biggest version you can find. For example, the 2004 board book measures 16.9 x 16.4 cm, compared to the 2014 paperback at approximately 22.9 x 22.9 cm. Quite a difference.
If your child enjoys Meg and Mog, then Meg's Eggs from the same series may also be of interest.
There are many more Meg and Mog books out there. The following is the list of the ones I've managed to check out so far, but those marked with asterisks all have more complex illustrations:
Meg and Mog
Meg at Sea*
Mog at the Zoo*
Owl at School*
Mog in the Fog*
Meg up the Creek*
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Meg and Mog