The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 30 years ago. Now a new generation will enjoy this beautiful reformatted edition!

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.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 226 x 286 x 9mm | 470g
  • HarperCollins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • (Full colour illustrations); (Full colour illustrations)
  • 0007216009
  • 9780007216000
  • 58,109

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"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.
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About Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr OBE was born in Berlin. Her family left Germany in 1933 to escape the rising Nazi party, and came to England. She studied at the Central School of Art and later worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC.

Judith married the celebrated screenwriter Nigel Kneale in 1954. She left the BBC to look after their two children, who inspired her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Published in 1968 and never out of print in the fifty years since, it has become a much-loved classic and perennial bestseller.

Judith was awarded the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, and in 2019 was named Illustrator of the Year at the British Book Awards. Judith died in May 2019 at the age of 95, and her stories continue to entertain and delight generations of children.
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Rating details

15,340 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
5 53% (8,061)
4 27% (4,139)
3 15% (2,324)
2 4% (579)
1 2% (237)

Our customer reviews

I still love this book as much as I did when I was a child. So does my 2 year old daughter. Sophie and her mum are having afternoon tea when a tiger knocks on the door and asks to join them. He proceeds to eat and drink everything in the house before leaving. He even drinks all the water in the tap so Sohpie cant have her bath! In the end Daddy comes home and thefamily go out for dinner and they buy more groceries in the morning. I especially love how calm and polite everyone is during the story. It gives the impression that tigers often come to tea and its possible a guest may eat and drink your entire pantry dry while you just sit by and smile-! Its a storyline well suited to the imaginations of young children. I wold buy it for a child aged 2-5 yearsshow more
by Roslyn Hughes
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