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Illustrated ByJudith Kerr
PublisherHarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date28th April 2011
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SynopsisMy Henry by Judith Kerr
Through charming verse and glowing illustrations, Judith Kerr takes us on a magical and moving journey that proves love really does conquer everything. A truly special picture book destined to be loved and treasured by children and adults alike for years to come. It's things we've never tried before That are the greatest fun, Like riding on a dinosaur, Which I had never done. Married couples are used to little trips together. Henry's wife can see no reason why they should stop just because one of them is no longer around. In fact she can't help going a little bit over the top, imagining all sorts of wonderful outings, including dinosaur rides and dolphin drawn water ski sessions. In the end however, even the most magical and exotic daydreams can never quite compare to their past everyday life together. Fom the bestselling author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
ReviewsMy Henry is as charming as her other works... For all the depth of underlying emotion, there's a celebratory feel to it, an unfeigned lightness of spirit that, throughout her life, has been a great boon. Cassandra Jardine, The Telegraph It bears all her trademarks, lively illustration, a cheerful blend of the everyday and the fantastic... A deeply poignant yet ultimately uplifting tale... Giulia Rhode, Sunday Express In this moving picture book, [Judith Kerr] explores in charming verse the magical and wondrous adventures a widow imagines for herself and her recently deceased husband. The Lady Praise for 'One Night in the Zoo': Lovely... uses soothing, pastel illustrations and exotic animals to make basic counting seem unintimidating. Daily Telegraph A magical rhyming tale
Praise for 'Twinkles, Arthur and Puss': A very engaging take on feline behaviour The Bookseller Praise for 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea': A modern classic. The
This book has enduring charm and young children will delight in the preposterous notion of a tiger creating mayhem in the house.
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 A supremely sensitive story.
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.
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.
'If you mention Mog or The Tiger Who Came to Tea to someone under 40, they just smile – and that's the reaction a children's book should give: it should provoke a gut feeling.' (The Guardian)
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