The Other Goose by Judith Kerr
  

Synopsis

The Other Goose by Judith Kerr

Once there was a goose called Katerina...Katerina was the only goose on her pond, and this made her very sad and rather lonely. Sometimes she thought she could see another goose in the side of the bank manager, Mr Buswell's shiny car. She would stare and stare at it, hoping that one day that goose would come out and join her on the pond. Just look at that silly bird! said Mr Buswell. But everyone liked Katerina no matter what he said. One dark Christmas night when everyone was at a party in the square, Katerina woke alone. She went to see the goose in the shiny car, but the goose had gone - had he come out at last? And who was that man with the goose-sized bag coming out of the bank? Was he carrying a goose-sized companion for Katerina? When Katerina stops him to find out, she becomes the local heroine and gains a wonderful reward - life on her pond will never be the same again...

Reviews

Katrina the goose is lonely. She lives in a beautiful village with a lovely pond to swim on, and all the villagers adore her. But there are no other geese for her to play with. Then, one day, she sees another goose in the side of a shiny car, and hopes that at last she has a playmate. But the other goose never comes out of the car. Katrina is determined to solve the mystery of this other goose - but first there is another problem to tackle. Just who is the strange man creeping round the corner of the street? And what has he got in his sack? Unexpectedly, Katrina becomes the village heroine - and heroines always get rewarded, don't they? Judith Kerr is best known for creating that loveable but forgetful cat, Mog, about whom she has written several books. Now Katrina the goose joins Mog as another character who is sure to be adored by children everywhere. This simple but charming tale, beautifully illustrated by the author, deserves to become a children's classic. A delightful book to share with young children, or for beginner readers to enjoy alone. Ages 3-6 (Kirkus UK)

About the Author

Judith Kerr

July 2016 Judith Kerr wins a Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award. She received the award at London Zoo, at a ceremony hosted by former Children’s Laureate and BookTrust President, Michael Morpurgo. Judith Kerr said: "I am honoured and delighted that I have been chosen to receive the BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award. I thank them very much, and as the presentation is to be at London Zoo, I’ll also be able to thank the tigers in the tiger enclosure who started it all."

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin in 1923 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 distinguished writer whose books were burned by the Nazis, because he dared to speak out against the regime. The day after the family left Berlin, the authorities came to arrest them, and throughout the war there was a price on her father’s head. Judith and her family passed through Switzerland and France before finally arriving in England in 1936. Judith wrote about her experiences in her classic autobiographical story, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Judith won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts in 1945, and since then has worked as an artist, television scriptwriter and, for the past thirty years, as an author and illustrator of children’s books. Judith was married to the scriptwriter Nigel Kneale, who died in 2006, most famous for the hit sci‐fi series Quatermass. Her son is the writer Matthew Kneale who won the Whitbread Book Award for The English Passengers. Judith lives in south west London.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea was Judith’s first picture book and was published in 1968. She wrote it after telling the story at bedtime to her daughter Tracey and son Matthew. Lady Antonia Fraser was one of the first people to review the book and called it, “a dazzling first book,” that would make children “scream with delicious pleasure at the dangerous naughtiness of the notion.” The book has become a classic and appeared in the Telegraph’s list of top children’s books of all time. It has sold over 5 million copies, and celebrated its 40th Anniversary in October 2008. The Tiger Who Came to Tea was recently made into a stage play written by David Wood and produced by Nick Brooke, which has toured the UK.

Emily Gravett on Judith Kerr:

'I read The Tiger Who Came to Tea when I was a child and loved it. I remember being obsessed with the bit where the tiger came and drank all the water in the tap. I think it was the domesticity of it, that this person was at home and that this could actually happen. It was so matter-of-fact. Nothing really happens but it's still somehow magical.

'Kerr keeps the text very simple, and the illustrations give you clues as to how you should read it. In her Mog books, you can look at Mog's face to see how shocked or dramatic the action is. He is just a funny cat, with a woebegone expression.'

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Format

Paperback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 2

Author

Judith Kerr
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Publisher


www.harpercollinschildrensb...

Publication date

7th October 2002

ISBN

9780007127351


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