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Mister Cleghorn's Seal

Written by Judith Kerr

Illustrated by Judith Kerr

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LoveReading View on Mister Cleghorn's Seal

One of our Books of the Year 2015 - September 2015 Julia Eccleshare's Mega Book of the Month  The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, an orphaned seal, after a visit to the seaside he has no idea quite how difficult it will be to look after him! Luckily, his neighbour Miss Craig loves animals too and is more than willing to help him! Together, the pair do everything they can to keep the little seal pup happy. And keeping the little seal pup happy makes them very happy too in this touching and funny story. A new gem and a classic in the making from Judith Kerr to delight readers young and old.  ~ Julia Eccleshare

A Piece of Passion from Ann-Janine Murtagh, Executive Publisher “Judith delivered Mister Cleghorn's Seal to my delight and surprise earlier this year. From my first glimpse of her exquisite pencil drawings and on reading the very first few pages of the story I knew we had something extraordinarily special and simply had to publish right away. In a recording studio in London this week Judith and I both listened to Bill Nighy reading the story aloud - it was pure magic! Mister Cleghorn's Seal is a small masterpiece of words and pictures by the inimitable, irrepressible and most wonderful Judith Kerr - and I am deeply proud to be publishing it on the HarperCollins Children’s list this Autumn”.

Mister Cleghorn's Seal Synopsis

What do you do if you find an abandoned seal pup on a rock in the middle of the sea? Well, take it home with you to your flat, of course. At least that's what Mr Albert Cleghorn thought, though perhaps he hadn't considered all the complications...

This is the story of what then happened to Mr Cleghorn and Charlie the seal in their determination to find a home for Charlie and, incidentally, happiness for them both.

Judith Kerr, who recently celebrated her 92nd birthday, continues to write and illustrate stories for readers young and old to fall in love with. “I’ve always loved my father’s story.” Said Judith Kerr on the inspiration behind the true story about her father, Alfred Kerr, who once took in an abandoned seal pup. Mister Cleghorn’s Seal tells the life-affirming tale of Mr Cleghorn who, on a visit to the seaside, rescues a seal pup named Charlie. A charmingly chaotic adventure ensues and with Judith’s signature wit, warmth and keen eye for the absurd, she reminds us all that you’re never too old for a brand new life filled with love and laughter.
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Mister Cleghorn's Seal Press Reviews

Praise for The Tiger Who Came To Tea:

Near perfection of form is embellished by clear, expressive illustrations. The pace is exactly right, the resolution totally satisfying. Dorothy Butler, Babies Need Books

Praise for My Henry:

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

Praise for One Night in the Zoo:

Lovely... uses soothing, pastel illustrations and exotic animals to make basic counting seem unintimidating. Daily Telegraph

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

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ISBN: 9780008157319
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008183028
Publication date: 25/08/2016
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Publication date: 10/09/2015
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008157302
Publication date: 10th September 2015
Author: Judith Kerr
Illustrator: Judith Kerr
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction, Animals
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks

About 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’...

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