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Judith Kerr - Author

About the Author

Judith Kerr - 1923-2019

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.'

Featured books by Judith Kerr

My First Mog ABC

My First Mog ABC

3+ readers

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

This delightful book is the perfect introduction to the alphabet and with its gorgeous illustrations and Mog's unique humour it's sure to remain a favourite for years to come.

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My First Mog Books

My First Mog Books

Baby and Toddler 3+ readers

Author: Judith Kerr Illustrator: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 02/06/2016

Mog the Forgetful Cat has been everyone's favourite family pet since her first book in 1970, and is now a TV star too! There are four books all about Mog: Mog's Family, Mog's Day, Mog Loves & Mog Plays.

The Judith Kerr Treasury

The Judith Kerr Treasury

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

This delightful treasury brings together five of her bestselling stories in one very special and timeless collection, including classics such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat. A treasury to pass down the generations in years to come.

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Other books by Judith Kerr

The Great Granny Gang Band 11/Lime

The Great Granny Gang Band 11/Lime

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2022

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level Here comes the fearless granny gang, The youngest eighty-two. They leap down from their granny van, And there's nothing they can't do! A gleeful celebration of why grannies are great! Through wonderfully rhythmical writing and exquisite illustrations, Judith Kerr OBE shows us that there is a lot more to this gang of grey-haired grannies than meets the eye! A summary on pages 34 and 35 of each granny and her skill supports children in recapping the story, providing plenty of speaking and listening opportunities. Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

One Night in the Zoo Band 11/Lime

One Night in the Zoo Band 11/Lime

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2022

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level A wonderful rhyming book from Judith Kerr, the best-selling author of the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea One moonlit, magical night in the zoo An elephant jumped in the air and flew. But nobody knew. It's only when all the visitors have gone home that the real fun starts in the Zoo! Enjoy counting the wide variety of animals in a fun and wonderfully imaginative way as you follow them through the night, and find out what mischief they get into. A summary on pages 30 and 31, showing each animal in the book in number order, supports children in recapping what they have read. Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities

The Curse of the School Rabbit

The Curse of the School Rabbit

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2022

The laugh-out-loud story of a boy who needs a new bike for Christmas, the rabbit who might help him get it, and a lot of bad luck... From the one and only Judith Kerr, creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat! It all started with the school rabbit... Snowflake is the school rabbit, and Snowflake is TROUBLE. At least that's what Tommy thinks. And when Snowflake unexpectedly comes to stay just before Christmas and EVERYTHING starts to go wrong, it looks like Tommy might be right. Even if he is getting more pocket money for feeding it and might be able to get that new bike after all... With a sick sister left in bed, a snobby actor left with suspiciously damp trousers, and no rabbit anywhere to be seen, Tommy can see his hopes of a new bike for Christmas disappearing as fast as Snowflake. Will Snowflake turn up, and turn out to be more good luck than bad? Or are Tommy and his family DOOMED by the curse of the school rabbit? A fantastically funny and exquisitely illustrated young fiction title from the iconic Judith Kerr, this is the perfect story for boys and girls of six plus to read alone or with their family - and the perfect gift for everyone!

My First MOG ABC

My First MOG ABC

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 31/03/2022

Learn the alphabet with everyone's favourite cat... Learn your alphabet with Mog in this delightful ABC book perfect for her youngest fans. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful ABC 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 the alphabet. 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 over 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: Board book Release Date: 06/01/2022

Learn to count with everyone's favourite 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 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!

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/07/2021

READ BY GERALDINE MCEWAN. This classic story has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 50 years ago. READ BY GERALDINE MCEWAN. 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 modern classic picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. All artwork has been re-originated and a fresh design approach has been used for this reformatted edition. CD: Track 1: The Tiger who came to tea with sound effects and additional material created for this audio by Judith Kerr Track 2: The Tiger who came to tea toned for read-along

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