Originally published: 24 Nov 2022
Published by: Bedford Square Publishers
Length: 64 pages
Reading dates: 13 December 2022
Muick is the Queen’s loyal corgi. Loving, attentive, but with an occasional tendency to nip ankles. But Muick can’t find his Queen. The courtiers won’t let him into the bedroom. The corgi handlers won’t explain what is happening. Why are all the family suddenly here? Muick gives his own account of events and travels through his grief from Scotland to the funeral as he seeks to make sense of his loss and find a future beyond.
Many of you will know we got a puppy this year. I was the one who was most unsure about a dog – I’ve never had a dog before nor have I been one for admiring other dogs or stroking them at every opportunity. But my goodness, I love her so much! She is a double-doodle (labradoodle/golden doodle cross) and I spoil her rotten, enjoy walking her even in the rain and cold and I love to shower her with kisses and cuddles. So when Adventures with Words over on Instagram got in touch with me to see if I’d like a copy of Where’s Ma’am? by Muick the Queen’s Corgi, I jumped at the chance!
The story is told from the point of view of Muick, one of Queen Elizabeth’s two corgis as he starts to notice something is amiss. The queen doesn’t seem to be around as much and Muick is occupied with trying to find his beloved owner. Then one day she isn’t anywhere to be found – the queen’s family are all around and everyone is upset and Muick comes to understand that he won’t be seeing her anymore.
This is a short, yet beautifully illustrated book that tugged at my heartstrings as soon as I saw the subject matter. As well as Muick we meet Sandy the queen’s other corgi and her beloved pony Emma who helps to explain to Muick what has happened. The three animals were all present at the queen’s funeral which was incredibly touching and this is also touched upon in this book.
Where’s Ma’am? is inspired by the 1910 book Where’s Master?, in which King Edward VII”s dog Caesar narrates the tale of his master’s death.
This would be a wonderful gift to any lover of the Royal Family or any dog lover and is perfect for a last minute stocking filler. Thank you so much to Adventures with Words and the publishers for my gifted copy.
About the author:
In 2015, it was reported that the queen stopped breeding corgis and dorgis because she did not want to leave any dogs after her death.
But in spring 2021, as Prince Philip was ailing and the coronavirus stretched on, Andrew gave the queen two new dogs, which the queen named Muick and Fergus. When Fergus died months later, Andrew gave the queen another corgi named Sandy. Muick and Sandy are now living with Sarah and Andrew at Royal Lodge, their home in Windsor Great Park.