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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

Mog and Me and Other Stories

Mog and Me and Other Stories

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Come play with her in this collection of funny and warm-hearted stories especially for younger readers, in paperback for the first time. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes this bumper collection filled with four delightful family adventures about a really remarkable cat, perfect for her younger fans! Now in paperback from the very first time. Contains: Mog and Me Mog in the Garden Mog's Kittens Mog's Family of Cats Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog's Family of Cats

Mog's Family of Cats

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2021

Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Come play with Mog and her family in this delightful cased board book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Teaand Mog the Forgetful Catcomes a delightful board book adventure about a really remarkable cat! Mog lives with the Thomas family, but she another big family who all live in different places - come and meet them all! Young children will delight in spotting familiar objects and activities in this wonderful board book, perfect for Mog's youngest fans Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published more than fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog in the Garden

Mog in the Garden

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2021

Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Come play with her in the garden, in this delightful cased board book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Teaand Mog the Forgetful Catcomes a delightful board book adventure about a really remarkable cat! Mog and Nicky like the garden. They play all day until it starts to get dark, and always have a lovely time together. Young children will delight in spotting familiar objects and activities in this wonderful board book, perfect for Mog's youngest fans. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published more than fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog's Kittens

Mog's Kittens

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2021

Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Come play with her and her kittens in this delightful cased board book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Teaand Mog the Forgetful Catcomes a delightful board book adventure about a really remarkable cat! Meet Mog's kittens, and see them grow up and get older and bolder! Young children will delight in spotting familiar objects and activities in this wonderful board book, perfect for Mog's youngest fans. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published more than fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog and Me

Mog and Me

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 01/04/2021

Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Come play with her in this delightful cased board book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful board book adventure about a really remarkable cat! Follow Mog and Nicky through their busy day full of fun, from waking up with a big stretch to falling asleep together. Young children will delight in spotting familiar objects and activities in this wonderful board book, perfect for Mog's youngest fans. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published more than fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

My First MOG 123

My First MOG 123

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Learn to count with Mog in this delightful numbers book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful counting book featuring a really remarkable cat! Mog is the forgetful cat that everybody loves, and this book for very young readers is the perfect introduction to counting. 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. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Katinka's Tail

Katinka's Tail

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 04/03/2021

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.

Goodbye Mog

Goodbye Mog

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2021

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Say goodbye to MOG in this incredibly moving and stunningly illustrated story from Judith Kerr, creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the MOG series. Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Mog the Forgetful Cat with special anniversary editions of her much-loved adventures. Mog was tired. She was dead tired... Mog thought, 'I want to sleep for ever.' And so she did. But a little bit of her stayed awake to see what would happen next. Join the Thomas family as they say goodbye to their dear pet Mog, and get a new kitten. It could all be a disaster, but Mog is still there to help... A touching tribute to a character beloved for fifty years, Goodbye Mog is the perfect story for a gentle introduction to the subjects of grief and bereavement, with the one and only MOG herself. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere.

The Teeger That Cam For His Tea

The Teeger That Cam For His Tea

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2021

'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.

Mummy Time

Mummy Time

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2021

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...

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2021

This semi-autobiographical and unforgettable story, of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany before the start of the Second World War, now reissued with its original cover illustration in this very special edition. Michael Morpurgo called When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: The most life-enhancing book you could ever wish to read. This internationally acclaimed story of one Jewish family's flight from Hitler's Germany has become a much-loved classic, and has been in print since its debut 45 years ago. Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing, it became dangerous for some people to live in Germany any longer. Suppose you found, to your complete surprise, that your own father was one of those people. That is what happened to Anna in 1933. She was nine years old when it began, too busy to take much notice of political posters, but out of them glared the face of Adolf Hitler, the man who would soon change the whole of Europe - starting with her own small life. One day, Anna's father was missing. Then she herself and her brother Max were being rushed by their mother, in alarming secrecy, away from everything they knew - home and schoolmates and well-loved toys - right out of Germany...

Mog's Christmas

Mog's Christmas

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 29/10/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... The classic Christmas story with Mog, everyone's favourite family cat! This funny and warm-hearted escapade is in a beautiful board book format, complete with a stunning foiled cover for extra Christmas sparkle. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful Christmas adventure about a really remarkable cat! It's Christmas, and Mog's house is full of strange noises and peculiar smells. Everyone is busy hanging holly and blowing up balloons, and where is that tree going...? But it's always a Merry Christmas in the end when you're with Mog and her family. Mog's first story, Mog the Forgetful Cat , was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her escapades ever since. This sparkling edition of her Christmas adventure is the perfect gift for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog the Forgetful Cat Slipcase Gift Edition

Mog the Forgetful Cat Slipcase Gift Edition

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Everyone's favourite family cat first appeared fifty years ago and is loved by children everywhere for her funny and warm-hearted escapades. Celebrate this very special occasion with this limited gift edition with an exclusive new cover design. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published in 1970 and has never been out of print! The classic picture book story of a very forgetful cat, her family, and a very exciting adventure is the perfect gift for families, boys, girls, and anyone who has ever known or loved a cat. From Judith Kerr, the bestselling author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the beloved Mog stories still delight children all over the world. This stunning and beautifully designed slipcase and hardback book celebrate this unforgettable cat's very first adventure. Featuring an exclusive and gorgeously unique cover design limited to this edition! 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

Mog's Birthday

Mog's Birthday

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... A special birthday story to celebrate fifty years of MOG, everyone's favourite family cat! It's Mog's Birthday and everyone is excited to celebrate! Everyone except Mog. Mog doesn't like birthdays or parties, and she especially doesn't like them both together. But will she change her mind when it's her own special day? HarperCollins created this special birthday story in collaboration with Judith Kerr, using a selection of pictures from across fifty years of illustrating Mog to bring this delightful story to life. Join us and celebrate fifty years of a really remarkable cat! The classic picture book story, Mog the Forgetful Cat, has never been out of print since it was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world ever since with her funny and warm-hearted escapades. Her stories are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere. 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

The Mog Treasury

The Mog Treasury

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Everyone's favourite family cat first appeared fifty years ago and is loved by children everywhere for her funny and warm-hearted escapades. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes six delightful family adventures about a really remarkable cat! Mog the Forgetful Cat is the classic picture book story of a very forgetful cat, her family, and a very exciting adventure, and you can celebrate fifty years of Mog with this beautiful hardback story collection of her funniest family adventures. The stories included are: Mog the Forgetful Cat Mog and Bunny Mog and the Baby Mog on Fox Night Mog's Bad Thing Mog's Christmas Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published in 1970 and has never been out of print, making these timeless stories the perfect gift for families, boys, girls, fans of Judith Kerr, and anyone who has ever known or loved a cat! 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

Mog's Bad Thing

Mog's Bad Thing

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Join her in this warm-hearted and funny escapade about the bad thing Mog does when her garden disappears... Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Mog the Forgetful Cat with special anniversary editions of her much-loved adventures. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful family adventure about a really remarkable cat! When Mog's garden disappears under an enormous white flappy thing, she is very unhappy, and does a bad thing - in Mr Thomas's chair! But when the cat show takes place inside the white flappy thing, it's the perfect place for Mog to make her family proud... Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. These books are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere!

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