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Judith Kerr - Author

About the Author

Judith Kerr was born on 14 June 1923 in Berlin but escaped from Hitler’s Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 when she was nine years old.

 

Her father was a drama critic and a distinguished writer whose books were burned by the Nazis. The family passed through Switzerland and France before arriving finally in England in 1936. Judith went to eleven different schools, worked in the Red Cross during the war, and won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1945. Since then she has worked as an artist, a BBC television scriptwriter and, for the past thirty years, as author and illustrator of children’s books.

 

Her three autobiographical novels are based on her early wandering years (which against all the odds she greatly enjoyed), her adolescence in London during the war, and finally on a brief return to Berlin as a young married woman. The stories have been internationally acclaimed and, to the author’s considerable satisfaction, have done particularly well in Germany where they are sometimes used as an easy introduction to a difficult period of Germany history.

Judith is married to scriptwriter Tom Kneale – they have two children and Mog, their very own forgetful cat. They live in Barnes, London. Their son was awarded the Somerset Maughan prize for his first novel.

Featured books by Judith Kerr

Other books by Judith Kerr

Mummy Time

Mummy Time

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2018

Mummy time is magic time in this unexpected and enchanting new tale from the one and only Judith Kerr, creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat. From Judith Kerr OBE comes a future classic to touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. With whip-smart observation, illustration perfection and the unexpected twist on the everyday that personifies Judith's classics, Mummy Time is sure to join the ranks of her very best, and bestselling, books. Full of warmth, whimsy and wit - and the very special magic that can only happen when you're with Mummy...

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Party Book

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Party Book

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 31/05/2018

Share in fifty years of magic... Celebrate your very own special moment with this incredible book containing all you need for your own party; based on the classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary teatime guest that was first published fifty years ago! The Tiger has been coming to Tea for 50 glorious years! Now for the first time you can hold your own Tiger Tea Party with this very special book containing everything you need for the perfect party! Containing planning tips, invitations, decorations, party games, recipes and much, much more, for the first time the Tiger is there to help you hold the perfect tea party. Based on the classic character and story from the one and only Judith Kerr. First published in 1968 and never out of print, The Tiger Who Came to Tea has become a timeless classic enjoyed and beloved by generations of children. The magic begins at teatime!

Katinka's Tail

Katinka's Tail

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2018

The brand new picture book from the beloved and iconic Judith Kerr. This magical new book from the one and only Judith Kerr is brimming with her trademark warm humour and exquisitely imaginative artwork. Come on a wondrous journey with Katinka, a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail... A classic-in-the-making from Judith Kerr OBE, recipient of the Booktrust Lifetime Acveivement Award and creator of the iconic Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, this delightful story is the perfect gift for boys and girls of all ages.

Katinka's Tail

Katinka's Tail

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2018

The brand new picture book from the beloved and iconic Judith Kerr. This magical new book from the one and only Judith Kerr is brimming with her trademark warm humour and exquisitely imaginative artwork. Come on a wondrous journey with Katinka, a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail... A classic-in-the-making from Judith Kerr OBE, recipient of the Booktrust Lifetime Acveivement Award and creator of the iconic Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, this delightful story is the perfect gift for boys and girls of all ages.

My First MOG 123

My First MOG 123

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Join everyone's favourite pet, and learn to count with MOG! Mog is the forgetful cat that everybody loves, and now you can learn to count with her in this brand new book for very young readers. This delightful book is the perfect introduction to counting and with its gorgeous illustrations and Mog's unique humour it's sure to remain a favourite for years to come. Perfect for very young readers from ages two and up.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 08/03/2018

Share in fifty years of magic... The classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary teatime guest is loved by millions of children and was first published fifty years ago. Now available in a new, cased board book format. The Tiger has been coming to Tea for 50 glorious years! Celebrate this incredible anniversary with this brand new cased board book edition of the beloved classic. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! This inimitable picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. First published in 1968 and never out of print, it has become a timeless classic enjoyed and beloved by generations of children. The magic begins at teatime!

The Teeger That Cam For His Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea in Scots

The Teeger That Cam For His Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea in Scots

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2018

'There is a chap at the door jist as Sophie an her mum are sittin doon for their tea. Wha could it be? They dinna think it's a muckle, furry, strippit teeger -- that's for shair!' No children's bookshelf is complete without the classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea, but what if Sophie opened the door to find a teeger that's cam for his tea instead? Celebrating its 50th roaring anniversary in 2018, Judith Kerr's much-loved picture book is charmingly retold for the first time in Scots. Keeping all the iconic elements of the story, Scots expert Susan Rennie gives the words a lively Scots twist -- a plate of sandwiches becomes a 'hail plate o pieces' and the big, furry, stripy tiger becomes a 'muckle, furry, strippit teeger'. This bright and bonnie take on a childhood favourite is perfect for reading aloud with young children.

Katinka's Tail

Katinka's Tail

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

The brand new picture book from the beloved and iconic Judith Kerr. This magical new book from the one and only Judith Kerr is brimming with her trademark warm humour and exquisitely imaginative artwork. Come on a wondrous journey with Katinka, a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail... A classic-in-the-making from Judith Kerr OBE, recipient of the Booktrust Lifetime Acveivement Award and creator of the iconic Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, this delightful story is the perfect gift for boys and girls of all ages.

Mog the Forgetful Cat

Mog the Forgetful Cat

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 05/10/2017

Mog the Forgetful Cat is everyone's favourite family pet, and now you too can take her home with your very own cuddly MOG toy in this delightful book and toy gift set. Mog always seems to be in trouble. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she forgets that she has already eaten her supper. But one night, Mog's forgetfulness comes in very handy! This timeless tale of everyone's favourite forgetful cat is now presented in a beautiful book and toy gift set. Now MOG can bring her humour and joy to your home too, with a cuddly MOG toy and miniature paperback book.

Teigr a Ddaeth i De, Y / Tiger Who Came to Tea, The

Teigr a Ddaeth i De, Y / Tiger Who Came to Tea, The

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2017

My First MOG ABC

My First MOG ABC

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Join everyone's favourite family pet and learn your ABC with MOG! Mog is the forgetful cat that everybody loves, and you can learn your ABC with her in this brand new book for very young readers. This delightful book is the perfect introduction to the alphabet and with its gorgeous illustrations and Mog's unique humour it's sure to remain a favourite for years to come.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Book and Toy Gift Set

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Book and Toy Gift Set

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 08/09/2016

This classic tale is loved by millions of children all over the world, and now you too can have tea with your very own cuddly tiger, with this beautiful book and toy gift set. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! This timeless picture book, beloved of many generations, is now presented as a beautiful book and toy gift set. Now you can have tea with Sophie and the Tiger too, with your very own cuddly tiger toy and miniature paperback book!

Mister Cleghorn's Seal

Mister Cleghorn's Seal

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 25/08/2016

An exquisite story to delight readers young and old, from a much-loved writer and illustrator. Includes an audio CD of the heartfelt reading by award-winning British actor Bill Nighy, with an afterword recorded by Judith herself. What do you do if you find an abandoned seal pup on a rock in the middle of the sea? Well, take it home with you to your flat, of course. At least that's what Mr Albert Cleghorn thought, though perhaps he hadn't considered all the complications... This is the story of what then happened to Mr Cleghorn and Charlie the seal in their determination to find a home for Charlie and, incidentally, happiness for them both. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, Mister Cleghorn's Seal is a classic in the making from the inimitable Judith Kerr. This edition also includes, on audio CD, a heartfelt dramatisation voiced by award-winning British actor Bill Nighy, with an afterword recorded by Judith herself.

Mog Time Treasury Six Stories About Mog the Forgetful Cat

Mog Time Treasury Six Stories About Mog the Forgetful Cat

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/08/2016

Six favourite Mog stories brought together in one gift volume Mog's antics have entertained countless children ever since her first appearance in 1970, making this lovable cat one of the most enduringly popular characters in children's books. The stories included are: Mog the Forgetful Cat Mog and Bunny Mog and Baby Mog on Fox Night Mog's Bad Thing Mog's Christmas This wonderful book is perfect for reading at bedtime and makes the perfect for gift for Mog fans.

Ein Seehund fur Herrn Albert

Ein Seehund fur Herrn Albert

Author: Judith Kerr Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2016

Von der Autorin von Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahlWas fangt man mit einem verlassenen Seehundkind an, das man an der Kuste findet? Man nimmt es naturlich mit und schmuggelt es an dem herzlosen Hausmeister vorbei direkt in seine Badewanne! Genau das macht der alte Herr Albert - mit ungeahnten Folgen. Das frohliche Robbenbaby Charlie plantscht sich namlich nicht nur in Herrn Alberts Herz, sondern auch in das seiner zauberhaften Nachbarin Fraulein Craig. Aber weil Seehunde nun mal nicht in Badewannen leben durfen, muss ein neues Zuhause fur den kleinen Charlie her. Am besten eines, wo fur die beiden Menschenfreunde auch noch Platz ist. Ein hinreiender Roman uber ein ebenso liebenswertes wie ungewohnliches Haustier und wahre Tierliebe. Mit 60 zauberhaften Bleistiftillustrationen der Erfolgsautorin Judith Kerr.

My First Mog Books

My First Mog Books

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 02/06/2016

A delightful set of miniature Mog books, to introduce younger readers to everyone's favourite forgetful family pet! Mog the Forgetful Cat has been everyone's favourite family pet since her first book in 1970, and is now a TV star too! This delightful set of miniature board books in a slipcase introduces Mog to the very young, with four books all about Mog: Mog's Family Mog's Day Mog Loves Mog Plays The perfect gift for Mog fans old and new, My First Mog books is the perfect way to take young readers into Mog's world for the first time.

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