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Judith Kerr - Author

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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 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

Mog's Christmas

Mog's Christmas

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Board book Release Date: 29/10/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... The classic Christmas story with Mog, everyone's favourite family cat! This funny and warm-hearted escapade is in a beautiful board book format, complete with a stunning foiled cover for extra Christmas sparkle. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful Christmas adventure about a really remarkable cat! It's Christmas, and Mog's house is full of strange noises and peculiar smells. Everyone is busy hanging holly and blowing up balloons, and where is that tree going...? But it's always a Merry Christmas in the end when you're with Mog and her family. Mog's first story, Mog the Forgetful Cat , was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her escapades ever since. This sparkling edition of her Christmas adventure is the perfect gift for boys, girls and families everywhere!

Mog's Christmas

Mog's Christmas

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... The classic Christmas picture book story of Mog, everyone's favourite family cat! This funny and warm-hearted escapade has a stunning foiled cover for extra Christmas sparkle. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful Christmas adventure about a really remarkable cat! It's Christmas, and Mog's house is full of strange noises and peculiar smells. Everyone is busy hanging holly and blowing up balloons, and where is that tree going...? But it's always a Merry Christmas in the end when you're with Mog and her family. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her escapades ever since. This sparkling edition of her Christmas adventure is the perfect gift for boys, girls and families everywhere! 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

Mog the Forgetful Cat Book and Toy Gift Set

Mog the Forgetful Cat Book and Toy Gift Set

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/10/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat and take home a cuddly Mog toy today... Everyone's favourite family cat first appeared fifty years ago and is loved by children everywhere for her funny and warm-hearted escapades. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes the classic picture book story of Mog the Forgetful Cat in a beautiful book and toy gift set, complete with cuddly Mog to take home. Mog always seems to be in trouble. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she forgets that she has already eaten her supper. But one night, Mog's forgetfulness comes in very handy! Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world with her adventures ever since. This book and toy gift set of the classic family picture book story with cuddly Mog toy and miniature paperback book is the perfect gift for boys, girls and families everywhere. 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

Mog the Forgetful Cat Slipcase Gift Edition

Mog the Forgetful Cat Slipcase Gift Edition

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Everyone's favourite family cat first appeared fifty years ago and is loved by children everywhere for her funny and warm-hearted escapades. Celebrate this very special occasion with this limited gift edition with an exclusive new cover design. Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published in 1970 and has never been out of print! The classic picture book story of a very forgetful cat, her family, and a very exciting adventure is the perfect gift for families, boys, girls, and anyone who has ever known or loved a cat. From Judith Kerr, the bestselling author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the beloved Mog stories still delight children all over the world. This stunning and beautifully designed slipcase and hardback book celebrate this unforgettable cat's very first adventure. Featuring an exclusive and gorgeously unique cover design limited to this edition! 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

The Mog Treasury Six Classic Stories About Mog the Forgetful Cat

The Mog Treasury Six Classic Stories About Mog the Forgetful Cat

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Everyone's favourite family cat first appeared fifty years ago and is loved by children everywhere for her funny and warm-hearted escapades. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes six delightful family adventures about a really remarkable cat! Mog the Forgetful Cat is the classic picture book story of a very forgetful cat, her family, and a very exciting adventure, and you can celebrate fifty years of Mog with this beautiful hardback story collection of her funniest family adventures. The stories included are: Mog the Forgetful Cat Mog and Bunny Mog and the Baby Mog on Fox Night Mog's Bad Thing Mog's Christmas Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published in 1970 and has never been out of print, making these timeless stories the perfect gift for families, boys, girls, fans of Judith Kerr, and anyone who has ever known or loved a cat! 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

Mog's Birthday

Mog's Birthday

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... A special birthday story to celebrate fifty years of MOG, everyone's favourite family cat! It's Mog's Birthday and everyone is excited to celebrate! Everyone except Mog. Mog doesn't like birthdays or parties, and she especially doesn't like them both together. But will she change her mind when it's her own special day? HarperCollins created this special birthday story in collaboration with Judith Kerr, using a selection of pictures from across fifty years of illustrating Mog to bring this delightful story to life. Join us and celebrate fifty years of a really remarkable cat! The classic picture book story, Mog the Forgetful Cat, has never been out of print since it was first published fifty years ago, and Mog has been delighting children all over the world ever since with her funny and warm-hearted escapades. Her stories are the perfect gifts for boys, girls and families everywhere. 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

The Big Mog Collection

The Big Mog Collection

Author: Judith Kerr Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/06/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Join everyone's favourite family cat in this delightful collection of classic picture book stories, full of her warm-hearted and funny escapades and read by the wonderful Andrew Sachs and Geraldine McEwan. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a remarkable audio collection of five delightful family adventures about a really remarkable cat! Featuring five funny and exciting classic picture book stories: Mog and the V.E.T. Mog the Forgetful Cat Mog and the Baby Mog's Christmas Mog's Amazing Birthday Caper With music and sound effects, and extended text written especially for the audio by Judith Kerr, this incredible collection is read by the incredibly talented and beloved actors, Geraldine McEwan and Andrew Sachs. 'Since her debut in 1970, Mog has become... a national hero.' Junior Magazine 'A firm favourite on children's bookshelves' The Telegraph 'Mog is a star, she really is. I can't recommend her highly enough. Someone should give that cat a medal, or an egg for breakfast.' The Bookbag

Mog's Bad Thing

Mog's Bad Thing

Author: Judith Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2020

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat... Mog is everyone's favourite family cat! Join her in this warm-hearted and funny escapade about the bad thing Mog does when her garden disappears... Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Mog the Forgetful Cat with special anniversary editions of her much-loved adventures. From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat comes a delightful family adventure about a really remarkable cat! When Mog's garden disappears under an enormous white flappy thing, she is very unhappy, and does a bad thing - in Mr Thomas's chair! But when the cat show takes place inside the white flappy thing, it's the perfect place for Mog to make her family proud... Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published 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!

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