The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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Share in fifty years of magic... This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary teatime guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published fifty years ago.
The Tiger has been coming to Tea for 50 glorious years! Celebrate this incredible anniversary with this special celebration edition of the classic story in paperback.
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 inimitable picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. First published in 1968 and never out of print, it has become a timeless classic enjoyed and beloved by generations of children.The magic begins at teatime!
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 216 x 272 x 4mm | 180g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Special edition
  • 50th Anniversary edition
  • Colour illustrations
  • 0007215991
  • 9780007215997
  • 218

About Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, but left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape the Nazis. They arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. There she met her husband, the celebrated screenwriter Nigel Kneale, and they had two children together; Judith wrote `The Tiger Who Came to Tea' for them. She followed it with the beloved series of books about Mog the Forgetful Cat, as well as her semi-autobiographical Out of the Hitler Time trilogy.She was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to children's literature and holocaust education, and was also awarded the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. She celebrated her 90th birthday in 2013, and continues to write and illustrate children's books from her home in London.
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Review quote

"It's no surprise Judith's work is still popular. It owes nothing to the vagaries of style or fashion. Her warmth and humanity are timeless." Michael Foreman
`Near perfection of form is embellished by clear, expressive illustrations. The pace is exactly right, the resolution totally satisfying.' Dorothy Butler, Babies Need Books.
`A modern classic.' The Independent.
`This book has enduring charm and young children will delight in the preposterous notion of a tiger creating mayhem in the house.' Junior 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
`Believable, amusing and moving.' Nursery World
`A supremely sensitive story.' The Times
Praise for `One Night in the Zoo':
`Lovely... uses soothing, pastel illustrations and exotic animals to make basic counting seem unintimidating.' Daily Telegraph
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Rating details

11,305 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 51% (5,788)
4 28% (3,136)
3 16% (1,778)
2 4% (426)
1 2% (177)

Our customer reviews

A marvellous story of a tiger who unexpectedly knocked at the door and asked to have tea with a little girl Sophie and her mother. This book is a favourite with my daughter (as well as others we read it to). It is wonderful to read and we read it over and over again. Highly more
by Giselle Cooke
A simple funny story for reading aloud - kids would love how the tiger finishes everything that was laid out for more
by Yvonne Lee
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