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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

by Judith Kerr

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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. A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the table and eats his way quietly through every scrap of food in the house and every drop of drink, too. Then, just as politely, he takes his leave. When Dad comes home, there’s nothing left for him so he takes the whole family out for supper.

August 2013 Guest Editor, Lauren St John  "I fell in love with the smiley, chubby tiger in Judith Kerr’s classic picturebook during one hot Zimbabwe summer when I had to read it four or five times a day to my niece. If it had been up to her I’d have read it even more frequently. Each time I got to the end, she pleaded for us to begin again. This is another wish fulfillment story, only for toddlers. A tiger turns up at the door and is invited in for tea by Sophie’s mum. It proceeds to eat its way through everything in the kitchen and pantry before departing with the same enigmatic smile. Sophie’s father turns up, graciously accepts that a fully-grown tiger has eaten his dinner and takes Sophie and her mum out for a meal. Pure genius."

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea Synopsis

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 Tiger Who Came to Tea Press Reviews

It's no surprise Judith's work is still popular. It owes nothing to the vagaries of style or fashion. Her warmth and humanity are timeless.

Michael Foreman

'Near perfection of form is embellished by clear, expressive illustrations. The pace is exactly right, the resolution totally satisfying.' Dorothy Butler, Babies Need Books.

'A modern classic.' The Independent.

'This book has enduring charm and young children will delight in the preposterous notion of a tiger creating mayhem in the house.' Junior Magazine

Praise for 'Mog the Forgetful Cat':

'Grandparents are likely to get as much fun out of seeing it again as the new generation of fans just learning to read!' Choice Magazine

Praise for Goodbye Mog:

'Kerr's warmth, humour and honesty make this an engaging introduction to a difficult topic.' Financial Times

'Believable, amusing and moving.' Nursery World

'A supremely sensitive story.' The Times

Praise for 'One Night in the Zoo':

'Lovely... uses soothing, pastel illustrations and exotic animals to make basic counting seem unintimidating.' Daily Telegraph

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008280581
Publication date: 08/03/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007215997
Publication date: 06/02/2006
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008280581
Publication date: 8th March 2018
Author: Judith Kerr
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 30 pages
Genres: Children's Fiction,
Collections: 100+ Children’s Books to Read as an Adult - Grown-up But Never Outgrown.,
Categories: Picture books: character books,

About Judith Kerr

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 ...

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