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The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

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Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 28 May. This wonderful story about believing in the unexpected and magical has just had its 40th birthday and remains as relevant to children now as it was when it was first published back in 1968. 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.


The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

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 picture book is useful for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again.


“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.

About the Author

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 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.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th February 2006


Judith Kerr

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Harpercollins Publishers


32 pages


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