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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 06-Jun-13 10:02:31

This week we have 50 copies of Judith Kerr's classic The Tigers Who Came To Tea to giveaway. Apply for a free copy

We're delighted that author Judith Kerr is joining us for a Q&A to celebrate her 90th birthday and the publication of her beautiful retrospective called Judith Kerr's Creatures: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Judith Kerr. Everyone who posts a question to Judith and joins the discussion on this page about her books will be entered into a draw to win a signed copy of Judith Kerr's Creatures.

Judith is one of Britain's most well known children's author and illustrator and her most well known books, the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea are classics across generations of book lovers. Her celebrated book for older children, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit was based on her own life as Judith spent her early childhood in Berlin but moved to the UK after the rise of Hitler in 1933. In Creatures Judith tells of her family's struggles with language and money, and what it was like to be a German refugee in London during the war.

Post your question to Judith and let us know your favourite Judith Kerr book by 10am on 17th June and we'll post up her answers and announce the winner of the signed book on Monday 24th June.

johnworf Thu 06-Jun-13 12:25:19

The tiger in the dream Debbie has in Mog really is the Tiger Who Came to Tea isn't it? My 5 year old is convinced it is him.

Goldensunnydays81 Thu 06-Jun-13 12:30:10

My favourite book when I was little and also a current favourite on my son who is 2.5 he loves the fact that the tiger eats everything! He also has to lick all the cakes on the pages so as you can imagine ours is a very loved book smile m

johnworf Thu 06-Jun-13 12:33:03

I meant to add that Mog and TTWCTT are firm faves in this house. The tiger book is in pieces it's been read so many times.

dinkystinky Thu 06-Jun-13 12:38:38

Ah, the tiger who came to tea is a much loved classic in our house. My question for Judith is from ds2 (aged 4) - where did the tiger come from and why was he so hungry and thirsty?

moonbells Thu 06-Jun-13 12:39:21

I have never read this book! Have read some Mogs though. When I go to the link I get "This form is currently private and cannot be viewed by the public." :-(

AtYourCervix Thu 06-Jun-13 12:40:09

I can still recite TTWCTT. My daughters are 15 and 17.

Mog was also a firm favourite. Mog and Bunny being top.

Bonkerz Thu 06-Jun-13 12:42:35

I have made the tiger who came to tea into a story sack with toy tiger and food etc. the children love acting out the story!

TheDeadlyDonkey Thu 06-Jun-13 12:47:56

I get the same link as moonbells.
I too have never read this book and would love to!

kw13 Thu 06-Jun-13 12:51:48

This is the nearest I am ever going to get to meeting Judith Kerr isn't it?!I read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit over 30 years ago and just loved it. My grandparents came over from Eastern Europe pre Second World War but this was the first book that I read where the child's point of view came across about such life changing events. Still have my copy, and still occasionally read it. Mog was new to me when I became a parent, but my DS (even though nearly 7) still likes it. It's the illustrations with the Tiger Who Came to Tea that get to me every time - almost make me cry with how poignant they are. If you are passing these comments on to Judith Kerr, please tell her how much she has meant to so many of us.

LaraMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 06-Jun-13 12:55:26


I have never read this book! Have read some Mogs though. When I go to the link I get "This form is currently private and cannot be viewed by the public." :-(

Sorry about that, I've made the wufoo form live now so you can apply for this giveaway.

Patchouli Thu 06-Jun-13 13:51:34

Oh my! A discussion about The Tiger who came to Tea with Judith Kerr on Mumsnet!?
Wow. That could be a can of worms grin

I love some of the Tiger threads and theories on here!

I've only just now learned she is the same author as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. I read that as a child myself (a valuable read) and have it in mind for DD when she's a bit older - she's more Tiger Who Came to Tea age just now - and she loves that.

CheeseStrawWars Thu 06-Jun-13 14:00:32

I love TTWCTT! I love the collision of the bizarre and the mundane; the image of all the water in the taps being drunk tickles me and DD in particular. Where did the idea come from, of a tiger coming to tea? What does the tiger represent? We have our theories in this house but I would love to know the "official" version.

My favourite book is "Mog the Forgetful Cat". Loved it when I was little and my mum read it to me, and I love reading it to DD now we have a "nice but not very clever" cat of our own.

Wincher Thu 06-Jun-13 14:01:51

I've just recently got hold of 'out of the Hitler Time', the trilogy of which When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is the first book. I loved that as a child, but hadn't read the later books till now and I really enjoyed them. I don't really know her books for younger children so would love a copy of The Tiger Who Came to Tea to read with my 2 year old.

Trying to think of a sensible question to ask! I will ponder...

DeWe Thu 06-Jun-13 14:03:35

My daughter read "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" a couple of years ago, and she wanted to know what "Anna's" dad's actual name was, what he wrote, and whether his books are still published, and whether he knew that "Anna" had published her own books before he died.

She was most put out that I wouldn't let her read books 2 and 3 in the series, but she was only 6 at the time.
Mog books have been huge successes in this house, we've laughed so much over the expressions Mog gets on his face, and all cried over "Goodbye Mog"-saddest book ever. sad

were you on drugs at the time of writing this book?
serious question

dd questions, how can he drink all the water in the tap

why did he never come back again

and why does it say goodbye goodbye goodbye out of a trumpet at the end

it really is rather bizarre
she likes it though

countingdown Thu 06-Jun-13 14:08:06

We are on our second copy of TTWCTT - our first was so tatty as read so frequently. There are so many books which make me groan inwardly when my children choose them, but I never feel like this about TTWCTT. It truly is a classic which I will never tire of.

Nerfmother Thu 06-Jun-13 14:08:51

This is such a brilliant imaginative book. However, is it really mummy who has an eating disorder and the tiger is a tall tale conjured up by Sophie as a coping strategy?

Periwinkle007 Thu 06-Jun-13 14:09:19

oh I love her work.

NiniLegsInTheAir Thu 06-Jun-13 14:09:29

This is going to be amazing, so exciting grin! I'd love to know the official reasoning of the tiger - my theory is that the Mum is a depressive and afraid of her husband.

I loved the Mog books as a child! When I was at university and working at the uni library a decade ago, one of the trainee teachers returned a few books, which included Goodbye Mog. I'd never read that one so I stood at the counter (no customers!) and read it then and there. Cried my eyes out in full view of colleagues and some very hmm looking fellow students and I didn't care one bit, Mog was gone!

maybe its a life of pi type thing!
the tiger is really the gran or the sibling

Flowers for Aunt Dainty is the best of the Hitler books smile

I loved that.

Judith Kerr is such as amazing writer - and how many people only know her for TTWCTT? shock

Can you please ask her if she'll do an event at my book shop, being as it's got to close now? I'd love to go out with a bang!

flowers for aunt dainty??? confused

Bombs on Aunt Dainty!

Periwinkle007 Thu 06-Jun-13 14:14:00

ok my youngest daughter's favourite book is Mog and Bunny and mine and my eldest daughter's is probably Mog and the Vee Ee Tee.

My question is that my eldest daughter wants to be an author and illustrator when she is older (she is still only 5.5) and spends a lot of time writing and illustrating her own stories and poems. What advice would Judith give her/us to encourage her?

SisterMatic Thu 06-Jun-13 14:18:26

I absolutely adore TTWCTT, my eldest often chooses it as her bedtime story. I like doing the Tigers voice blush
My question would be...what accent does the Tiger have? (Just so I can get it right for future bedtimes) grin

moonbells Thu 06-Jun-13 14:21:16

Many thanks Lara!

Blatherskite Thu 06-Jun-13 14:27:44

This is one of the few 'classics' we've never bought a copy of. We have Mog as that was one of my favourites as a child.

I can never read Goodbye Mog as I would just sob.

Bombs, flowers... all much of a muchness...

DS loved When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit last year when he was seven and was desperate to read the next one, but I've kept him away from Bombs on Aunt Dainty for now because I'm not sure he's ready to tackle some of the emotional issues towards the end just yet and I don't want him to be put off.

On a terribly prosaic note I'd like to ask where in Putney the guest house moved to; I keep looking around for likely candidates every time I go up Putney Hill.

i know smile - the reason I put the series in 10upwards was because of Aunt Dainty.

Merguez Thu 06-Jun-13 14:36:12

Judith - I just wanted to say that the Tiger Who Came to Tea was my favourite book as a child (and I was named after the protagonist!)

I also enjoyed reading it with my own children (now teenagers) and loved the now-retro style of illustrations (although of course that is how people dressed when I was a child).

Thanks for giving us all so much pleasure.

pmgkt Thu 06-Jun-13 14:38:24

Love the mog books but have never read the tiger. I have often thought I would like it though as her others are so easy to read

sleepyhead Thu 06-Jun-13 14:39:40

We love, love, love TTWCTT in this house!

It's just like the sort of story my now 6 year old would have told when he was about 4 - what did you do today ds? Oh, a tiger came to tea and drank all the water in the taps so I couldn't have a bath and then we went to a cafe for sausages and I wore my pyjamas!

He now tells people stories about him being allowed to go to the park on his own at midnight and meeting all his friends there (also fantasy I can assure you).

I love the pictures and especially the clothes.

NulliusInBlurba Thu 06-Jun-13 14:43:02

I'm a long-time Berliner and my children were born here. I think it's a great place for kids to grow up now. It must have been a very different experience for you in the early 1930s.

So, since I can only ask one question: what's it like having a whole school named after you? Have you been there for a visit? Our French-German neighbours go there and it sounds like a lovely place, but the Europe schools in Berlin are sadly really under threat at the moment!

Firewall Thu 06-Jun-13 15:43:54

We love MOG!!

My question is where did you get your inspiration from for your books? Did you ever think at the time they would become such classics and loved by many generations?

Tiger is our absolute favourite in this house. I adore the thought that has gone into the illustrations and the slightly whacky other-worldness of the plot. I have been a champion theoriser of the 'meaning' of Tiger, but I recently read a quote from Judith on the subject suggesting that 'sometimes a story is just a story'. I think that's lovely, so I'll refrain from asking any questions about this!

Instead, my question is to do with Mog. Towards the end there is a delightful illustration of everyone having a cup of tea together in the kitchen including the sorry-looking burglar. What was the thinking behind this portrayal?

nannynick Thu 06-Jun-13 15:54:27

Love Tiger who came to tea, have audio version as well print edition. Audio version is great how the tiger adds in dialog about things like tins and packets being nice, what's inside is quite nice too!

Question: Is a new version needed now that we don't have a boy from the grocers? Have to keep explaining that is like the supermarket shopping van coming.

MrsBungle Thu 06-Jun-13 15:56:43

Hello Judith <excited>

I loved the tiger who came to tea when I was a child and my nearly 4 year old loves it also smile

My question is: are there hidden meanings about who the tiger is or is it just a simple strange tale? Also, the ginger cat in the street in the picture at the end of the book - is there any meaning to that?

LookAtHerGo Thu 06-Jun-13 16:00:51

My daughter is such a little bookaholic and I'm forever thinking of new books to get, I remember this well from when I was younger, it'd be lovely to read it and if I don't win a copy I'll be putting in the to buy list.

GladbagsGold Thu 06-Jun-13 16:04:28

My DC love the Tiger, thank you for writing it. My question is, do you ever wish the mother was a bit less of a, well, drip? I struggle so much with the part where she has No Idea what to do until clever Daddy gets home to save the day.

Bearandcub Thu 06-Jun-13 16:27:48

We love TTWCTT. Thank you for such a fun story. I'd like to ask: Is the mother an addict and the tiger a fantasy to cover the neglect of the child?

Lord that sounds harsh so I'll be a coward and ask what accent should the mother have? No idea why in my mind she's Glaswegian.

lunar1 Thu 06-Jun-13 16:38:36

I read this book as a child and it is now a firm favourite for my boys. How does it feel to have your work read and loved by generations of families?

Mmmango Thu 06-Jun-13 16:40:48

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit was a favourite book of mine, I never knew that it was part of a trilogy and never realised that it was written by the author of TTWCTT <mindblown>

Thinking about a question, will come back for the webchat...

gazzalw Thu 06-Jun-13 17:16:17

Did your early childhood experiences escaping Fascism and coming to the UK shape your career at all? Did you know from when you were a child that you would be a writer and a best-loved one at that?

We absolutely love your books in this house and found the one where Mog dies to be particularly helpful in explaining to our young DCs about the death of their own pussycat sad.

cocoplops Thu 06-Jun-13 17:18:40

I love the Tiger that Came to Tea - love the unfailing politeness of the mother despite the tiger's gargantuan appetite, love drinking all of the water and all of Daddy's beer and chuckle at the fanfare entrance of Daddy to save the day (my DH especially likes that bit)! Always makes me want sausages and chips for my dinner too!

My question is - which comes first - story idea or illustration idea?

HazelDormouse Thu 06-Jun-13 18:05:33

My son adores The Tiger Who Came to Tea. He liked to listen to it on a cd player until it got scratched from over use.

My questions are: Did you write The Tiger Who Came to Tea for one of your own children? Do you ever make up stories for family members ie. children/grandchildren which are never published?

Raaraathenoisybaby Thu 06-Jun-13 18:07:58

I love love love Mog and I must get dd1 more to read grin

Change2013 Thu 06-Jun-13 19:05:15

TTWCTT is such a great book for adults and children. It was one of the most popular books when I worked in nursery and inspired lots of fantastic role play. I also love Mog, there is something special about the illustrations.

Can't wait to introduce my 14 month old granddaughter to these books.

Swimmingwithsharks Thu 06-Jun-13 20:14:42

Ohhh we love this book and many of the Mog stories too. We just got my son a toy Mog and plonked it next to a Mog now there is one more stuffed toy in the bed at bedtime!
Has anyone read the review on Amazon about The Tiger Who Came to Tea that vilifies the book for stereotyping and sexism? Laughed so much. Seriously as a stay at home mum, uuuum my life is pretty much the same, tho still waiting for a Tiger to come for tea.
We love Judith Kerrs illustrations. Particularly showing the relationship between Sophie and the tiger. I hope they don't 'update' these books.

Is the tiger one of Judith Kerr's family cats? Was the book a reflection of Judith Kerr's home life?

JulesJules Thu 06-Jun-13 20:24:19

Happy Birthday Judith!

I adore The Tiger Who Came To Tea and the Mog books (except I could never read the last one to my children without crying) but my favourite book is When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

My daughter is reading it now, and she wants to know: it was so difficult for you to learn French to start with - do you still speak French, or did you forget it all when you had to start again with learning English?

insanityscratching Thu 06-Jun-13 20:33:57

I wanted to say Mog and The Tiger Who Came To Tea have been very much loved books in our house. So considering I have five children and I have read them to them many times each I'd say I must have read each book at least five hundred times. No wonder I could recite them at one point.
So my question is ..... when you first published these stories did you have any idea how popular they would be and could you have imagined that all these years later the books are a staple on most school book shelves?

VeryHungryKatypillar Thu 06-Jun-13 20:53:50

I would like to ask how Judith Kerr felt about the stage production of TTWCTT? Was she involved in the writing at all?

For the record, we absolutely love the book and the stage production was fantastic. The adaptation and songs were just fab. But it would have been good if the tiger had talked as he does in the book.

Oh, and please tell me if the cat on the "all the street lamps were lit and all the cars had their lights on " page was intended to look like a tiger. We have always presumed so but it would be nice to know for sure!

VeryHungryKatypillar Thu 06-Jun-13 20:56:22

By the way Sophie is a great character to dress up as on world book day! DD1 has done so once or twice now, lovely easy outfit, except for the tights. They are impossible to replicate!

Forgetfulmog Thu 06-Jun-13 20:58:22

Aha! I feel this may be the thread for me smile.

Love both books & would really like dd to be into them too

Catiinthehat Thu 06-Jun-13 21:50:07


We are big MOG fans in this household!

We love your works, the writing and the illustrations. I was wondering what comes first? Do you write/have an idea of story first before the illustrations or do you have a rough idea of illustrations/ how characters look which the story follows from? Or does the story and illustrations fall together in one?

Catmint Thu 06-Jun-13 22:01:31

Huge fans here, too.

Mog and the baby makes me roar with laughter every time. Likewise Mog and the VET. Oh, and Mog's Bad Thing, as well.

I also love Twinkles, Arthur and Puss.

I know that some of the cats you write about are real. Are any of the people real? (The baby in Mog and the baby?)

Thank you, Judith so much pleasure with my DD via your books xxxxxxx

Catmint Thu 06-Jun-13 22:04:07

I forgot to say, one of our family catchphrases is, " ...and all Daddy's beer! "

And DD' s treasured toy cat is Mog.

glassofwineandagoodbook Thu 06-Jun-13 22:05:33

I'm sure I've read that the Tiger is just about a tiger Judith Kerr used to see in the zoo with her daughter.

My two year old loves TTWCTT with a passion. We've adapted it slightly - it can't be the Ocado man, not the boy from the grocers! And I've read and re-read the Pink Rabbit trilogy. Reading "A Small Person Far Away" as an adult gave me a whole new perspective.

Anyway, I have two questions for Judith Kerr...

1. Which of her books is her favourite and should be the next one I buy for my daughter?

2. I think she only wrote the three autobiographical novels, with her other books being picture books. Did she consider writing any other novels or did she feel that she had said what she wanted to and wanted to focus on the picture books instead?

We met her last week at Hay Festival. DD asked her why there wasn't a tiger sequel and why the burglar has a cup of tea in 'Mog the Forgetful Cat'. She was the sweetest lady. Made DS and DDs day.

Lioninthesun Thu 06-Jun-13 22:11:41

DD (21mo) loves this and I bought it for her because I remembered it so vividly from my own childhood. She has developed some amazing sucking and lip smacking noises because of it grin . She also likes the fact Sophie gets "chip n' ice ceeem" for tea. Must be every toddler's dream!

I always wondered if the tiger was a lover of the mother <a ginger?>, and she had spent all day with him and therefore neglected her household chores (and paying the water bill!).

The bit I also really remember is the end, when Sophie is hugging the tin of Tiger Food. I remember wondering what on earth tiger food could be made of to fill a tiger who could eat a houseful of food in such a comparatively small tin and also what a reminder of the day that dusty tin must have been in the cupboard for years to come, with Sophie yearning for another special tea wink

stella1w Thu 06-Jun-13 22:14:29

I love how daddy saves the day...

tunnocksteacake Thu 06-Jun-13 22:18:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I love her books! Loved them as a child and love reading them to DS now. My favourite is Mog and Bunny smile my question is where did Mog's name come from?
Oh and happy birthday to Judith thanks

pickofthepops Thu 06-Jun-13 22:42:31

My question for Judith is about the illustrations of the tiger in TTWCTT:

I read that you said something like 'it's not a real tiger.. Quentin Blake would have made it funnier'.

I love his work but your tiger is fantastic. I love how he looks happy, melancholy, cool, slightly eastern and more all at the same time.

Judith, what Blake pictures do you think are funnier?

Thanks and best wishes to an amazing lady.

RocksThatIGot Thu 06-Jun-13 23:03:48

I have a 2 year old who has a shelf full of books, and she chooses TTWCTT EVERY night. I try to get her to branch out but she is having none of it. She calls it the turkey story as she gets turkeys and tigers confused. At night after I have put her to bed I can hear her reciting the book to herself, doing all the voices, she is word perfect!

Sorry that wasn't really a question!

sickofsocalledexperts Fri 07-Jun-13 08:22:08

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a book I still regularly read to my severely autistic boy. Before he could even talk, I realised that if I left a word out, he would say it - as he knows the text so well! This has actually helped him speak! My question is - what gave you the idea of a tiger being so nice and coming to tea?

We love TTWCTT in this house. DD asks for "tiger tea" at bedtime. She loves the story. I remember it from my childhood.

My question is, why does Daddy look so sad when he comes home and hears the tale of the tiger, is it because he missed the fun, or is it "another day when Mummy forgot to buy any food".

Rajie Fri 07-Jun-13 12:11:13

My favourite book when I was little and a favourite of my Son. Its a true classic. What advise can Judith give to encourage young children to write short poems and maybe a 01 page stories?

Got3fabgirls Fri 07-Jun-13 14:00:26

Is it about a woman who has some kind of huge rebellion and refuses to cook dinner, can't be bothered to bath Sophie and just wants to sit and eat cakes all day? I've always hoped it was!
We love this book in our house and we still quote from it (all the water in the tap AND all Daddy's beer: the tiger didn't take just one cake...) and we also adore Mog's Bad Thing. She didn't mean to do it but she did it, and she did it on Mr Thomas's chair.
I like Twinkles, Arthur and Puss ("I am a greedy guts")! Thank you Judith Kerr.

Fuckwittery Fri 07-Jun-13 15:18:13

What happened to Nicky and Debbie when they grew up? Is Debbie on mumsnet with four children and a large fat cat?

The tiger that came to tea is my favourite jk book and possibly the favourity book of my early childhood. I didn't particularly remember my parents reading it to me as a child but when I read it to my children it all came flooding back, a very strange experience although it did explain my recurrent childhood nightmare of feeding tigers we kept in the garage. I posted leaves through the letter box for them but they used to escape and chase me up the stairs. Halfway up the stairs I would realise I was dreaming.

Anyway, as I mentioned I love all of the story and the illustrations, including sophie's tights, her struggling to get her nightie off and going out in her wellies. I am sure you will have been asked the question I am dying to know about the underlying meaning of the book (there have been numerous threads with theories ranging from nazism to maternal depression) so I'll ask another. For some reason the picture and story at the point at which they were walking in the dark street and "all the cars had their lights on" always makes me cry a little. What is the significance of the car lights? Is it just a young child's innocent wonder at being out and about when they would usually be in bed?

Anyway, apologies for an incredibly long post. happy birthday and please know I am a huge fan of the book and to me it brings back all the happy memories of being a tiny child myself.

Not even the memories of being a child. More the feelings.

WilsonFrickett Fri 07-Jun-13 20:19:25

The Tiger is feminism, isn't it? Please say it is!

We're huge fans in this house, thank you so much for writing it.

ToffeeWhirl Sat 08-Jun-13 18:45:26

'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' is one of very few picture books that I never tire of reading out loud over and over again without ever getting bored. It is just perfect. Both my boys thought going out in the dark to have tea in a cafe was just the most exciting thing in the world and we recreated it for them by walking them to a cafe on a dark winter's night so they could see that 'the cars had their lights on'.

You said, in an interview in the Guardian, that your parents “were very protective” and that you were “totally unaware of how hard it was for them” (when they had to flee from the Nazis). You also said that, while assuring you and your brother that everything was fine, your mother was actually suicidally depressed.

My question is: am I right in thinking that the parents in the book are, at least partly, based on your own parents? Like your parents, they are able to protect their child from a threat by making light of it and, even more than that, making the whole thing seem like an adventure.

billybear Sat 08-Jun-13 18:50:14

great news you are 90 years old, do yiu enjoy writing as much as when you were younger

allinatizz Sat 08-Jun-13 20:21:17

We love the Tiger. DD1 had to have a tiger for her 3rd Birthday cake as it was her absolute favourite at the time. It will always be a special book in this house.

Sometimes we have days in this house when the tiger seems to have come here for his tea!

I've seen Judith Kerr quoted as saying something along the lines of "Sometimes a Tiger is just a tiger"... but is it, in this instance, or are we all just reading far too much into an imaginitive little girl's story of her day? smile

vess Sat 08-Jun-13 22:29:02

Where does the tiger go? Does he ever visit anybody else?

Hopezibah Sat 08-Jun-13 23:41:49

I adore the illustrations in The Tiger Who Came for Tea and something about the story although I can't quite pinpoint what or put into words exactly why, makes it my favourite book! (not just favourite Judith Kerr book but my favourite book of all time!). The illustrations just capture that era so perfectly that when I see Sophie and her mum sitting at the table, it could just as easily have been me as a child with my mum, their kitchen could have been my childhood kitchen. The high street and the Café just remind me of happy times, simpler times and special treats and how much we take for granted these days - and yet Sophie's mum struggled through the whole day largely on her own and put a brave face on just like my mum did.

My Question would be: How much do you think books like The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog series have influenced more recent picture book author/illustrators?

(My guess is that they have had a huge impact and many of my favourite children's books today would not even exist without the influence of Judith Kerr - but just wondered her thoughts on it or if she knows of specific authors/illustrators that have actually told her of the influence she has had on them).

Vickisuli Mon 10-Jun-13 18:18:04

My three children aged 2,5 and 6 love The Tiger who came to tea and all the Mog stories, and we listen to the Mog CDs in the car too.

I read 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' as a child (possibly at too young an age, I'm not sure) and later confused it in my mind with the diary of Anne Frank (may because the girl's name was Anna). I was quite disappointed by Anne Frank when I then read it later as I thought it was less entertaining (albeit interesting)! Did you read Anne Frank, and did it have any effect on your book?

BonzoDooDah Mon 10-Jun-13 19:30:04

Hello Judith we really like "When Willy Went to the Wedding" but we all want to know why doesn't Willy's sister have a name? If she does what is it please? My daughter always asks about The Bride.

mummyhappiness Mon 10-Jun-13 21:13:10

Hi Judith, This is my first post ever but I love Judiths books so much I felt it warrented a post.
The tiger who came to tea, such a classic, has been our favorite bedtime book for all my three children. I know it off by heart. It has been so well read that the pages are now stuck in with selotape. My eldest DS who is now 9, who was reading this post behind me as I was typing, has now asked to read it again tonight. He would like to ask Judith where the tiger came from and why did he choose that particular house??
Creatures sounds amazing, just up my DS street, he loves anything to do with Wartime Germany and has based many a school project on it. I know that after reading it he would have many more questions for Judith (if she were ever to have afew hours to spare!).
Happy Birthday Judith.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 10-Jun-13 21:19:27

Wow. We are all huge fans of Judith Kerr's work.

I just wanted to say a special thank you for Goodbye Mog. It really helped dd1 through the death of Cat One. Was it anywhere near as hard to write as it is to read (to read as a Grown-Up. Oddly all of the children to whom I've read it seem far more stoical than me) ?

cookielove Mon 10-Jun-13 21:30:44

Judith - The tiger that came to tea, was one of my top 5 story books as a child and i look forward to the day i can read the story to my own (future) dc's.

My question is:

Why is it a tiger who came to tea? were all the lions busy that day smile

TrixyPixie Mon 10-Jun-13 21:30:45

Do you think Yann Martel (author of Life of Pi) read TTTCTT as a child? ;0)

TERRICOVERLEYDoSAC Mon 10-Jun-13 21:34:38

Love Judith Kerr's books. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit was my all time favourite book as a child (always had it borrowed from the library) and it's been a delight catching up with the rest of the Out of the Hitler Time trilogy as an adult, and introducing my daughter to Judith's books.

My question is this: Pink Rabbit tells the story of the flight of Judith's family from Nazi Germany and their subsequent life as refugees. Does Judith think British values/attitudes to refugees have changed in the post war period?

kirkykid Tue 11-Jun-13 04:45:35

Absolutely loved reading TTWCTT with my children and also the Mog books (while hugging our own cat) Didnt know there was a Goodbye Mog....think that would break my beart now after losing our own cat last year

All three of my children often asked why the tiger was never full.up.....I always said because he was a big tiger.....but was there another meaning to Judiths story or was it simply a greedy big cat??

kirkykid Tue 11-Jun-13 04:57:01

Forgot to say I also last year purchased the book for my GREAT nephew as I had done for my nephews and neices becore him.......its the one book I knew whole heartedly would be loved by them all......and I was right!!
You are a fantastics author and your illustrations are fantastic and I know your books had great use in my house and have helped make.all three of my children fantastic writers (now aged 18, 16, 12) and we still have copies of your books........for future generations!!
Happy birthday Judith......have a fantastic day from a very happy bookworm family.

Eastpoint Tue 11-Jun-13 05:54:58

I loved 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' and am so pleased my daughters have also enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your history and stories with us. We liked TTWCTT & the Mog books too but 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit' is !!!! [fireworks emoticon please MNHQ].

Happy birthday!

keriku Tue 11-Jun-13 08:56:39

I was interested in why you allowed Mog to die. I absolutely broke my heart reading that book. I had a clearance of kids books recently to pass to my wee nice e, but I kept all of yours! They have so many happy memories in every age. I like how the mums look harassed with pots boiling over etc!

Mumorandom Wed 12-Jun-13 18:19:44

First of all thank you for your lovely books, they were part of my DDs' early childhood. Lovely to read out loud - never got that sinking feeling if a 'Mog' or TTWCTT came of the shelf. DD2's favourite story for over a year was Mog & Bunny. Think we could probably all still quote from it years later. Also loved Mog the Forgetful Cat - enjoying Mog's knack of sitting in the wrong place - and Mog's Christmas, with the aunts on 'tippy toe' and of course Mog & the Baby with brilliantly named Mrs Clutterbuck. I also get a little rush of nostalgia for my own 70's childhood when I look at the pics - esp some of the street scenes.

All books now have special place on the bookshelf, could never give them away!

My question: Mog has lots of dreams (and even some visions in Mog & the Granny); do you think cats dream?

(My 12yo DD1 would like to know why Mog had to die - but think she gets it really.)

Thank you again for your warm and funny books.

AndMiffyWentToSleep Wed 12-Jun-13 21:10:17

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I loved reading The Tiger That Came to Tea, Mog and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit when I was young. In fact I just re-read the Trilogy recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. And I'm also thrilled that my 16 month old now enjoys TTTCTT (albeit mostly enjoying turning the pages and looking at the pictures, I'm not sure he fully comprehends the story yet!).
My grandma left Berlin at about the same time as you. She was also Jewish, with two children, and she ended up in England after spending time in Palestine. Strangely enough, I'm about to move to Berlin myself for a few years whilst my partner works there.
My question is whether you have any childhood memories of Berlin that I could recreate for my son? Apart from playing in the snow, which I remember from your book...

AndMiffyWentToSleep Wed 12-Jun-13 21:14:12

A cheeky second question:
Bizarrely, my sister always hated The Tiger Who Came To Tea - she was a stickler for rules and politeness and she couldn't get over how rude the tiger was for eating all their food and drinking all their drink! hmm
Have you ever heard of such a strange response to your books before?

JamInMyWellies Wed 12-Jun-13 21:17:44

Not a question but I just want to tell you that your book When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is one of my all time favourite books and the subsequent follow ups. Even as an adult I love re reading them.

Thank you.

Clawdy Thu 13-Jun-13 13:07:03

My daughter's favourite,always "Mog and the Baby"! My own,as a primary teacher,is "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit".It was always such a treat for the class to listen to a chapter at the end of each afternoon. One little boy used to ask anxiously each day "Will we 'ave time for the 'Itler book,Miss?" My question is: It must be amazing to have written books that children will always read. I read that your father's books were burned by the Nazis. Did that motivate you to write? and do you feel that in some ways,the legacy of your fame is extra special because of him?

JulesJules Fri 14-Jun-13 15:24:01

In case people haven't seen this - Hay Sessions 2013 with Judith Kerr (from this year's Hay Festiva)l is on tonight on Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 1 HD at 7pm. I think it's repeated as well. <sets planner>

joangray38 Fri 14-Jun-13 17:18:02

Question: did you ever imagine the Tiger (and all your books would be as popular with adults as with children?

fatfloosie Mon 17-Jun-13 09:57:45

Hello Judith

Thank you so much for your wonderful books. We have so much fun reading them.

I love TTWCTT and never thought it was anything other than a fanciful tale spun around an everyday occurrence. The stay-at-home parent usually endeavours to have a meal ready for their partner but sometimes this doesn't happen! In a happy family (as in TTWCTT) this is met with 'never mind let's go to a cafe/get a takeaway/have that rusty tin of soup'; in a not so happy one with 'what have you done all day?' etc.

I always thought it a sign of my parents' happy marriage that my father would cheerfully eat anything my mother put in front of him - even if it consisted mainly of bread and butter (these were known as 'Wimbledon teas' as they were often served when Mum had been watching tennis all day!).

My favourite book of yours is 'Mog and Bunny'. I just think that the story is perfectly constructed. The last page is the perfect punchline and I love Mrs Thomas saying 'Perhaps Bunny is not quite so horrible, now he's been washed by the rain'. It seems to sum up a lot of parenthood and pet ownership in one sentence.

I also love the 'Mog sat in the dark and thought dark thoughts' passage in 'Mog the Forgetful Cat' (self pity absolutely skewered there!), the illustration of Mog's dream of babies with the four kittens in 'Mog and the Baby' and Mr Thomas's very authentic dad tantrum about the egg in 'Mog on Fox Night'. Which leads to my question:

Is Mr Thomas modelled on your husband, your father or both? (If you say neither I will be AMAZED!) He is so like my other half that my daughter and I can barely read his cross and shouty bits for giggles!

phantomhairpuller Mon 17-Jun-13 12:32:08

Book arrived in the post this morning. DS ripped it open, knowing it was a new book and couldn't wait to ready it with me smile

We've since read it 4 times today!

Thanks so much for a lovely book grin

Nerfmother Mon 17-Jun-13 12:32:39

Being dim but when do the questions get answered? I have another theory having read it last night. Is he tiger actually a metaphor for the mothers lover? As in, eating everything is taking away from daddy? Or is it a bailiff?

lettysmith21 Mon 17-Jun-13 16:39:44

Lovely book. Such a nice story. My son who is 7 enjoyed it as it made him laugh. Going to tell my fellow TA's about it tomorow.

NoForkNKnife Mon 17-Jun-13 19:20:32

Book arrived this morning! Waited all day for DD (3.5) to come home from nursery. I've never actually read this, despite knowing its a classic.
DD was engrossed and we've read it three times this evening already. DH wasn't impressed which surprised me as I quite enjoyed it. I did find it a little dated, but I think that's it's charm.
I remember and love the Mog books! This has reminded me to hunt them out for DD when we next go to the library.

Thank you for the lovely story. Very happy little girl here tonight.

NoWomanNoCry Mon 17-Jun-13 21:12:36

Thanks for the free copy, just received today. My children really enjoyed this book although I personally found the story a bit strange. They kept talking to me about the story afterwards. I think it will now become the most requested bedtime story for long time.

Hello, and thank you so much for our copy of this lovely book, which arrived today. My daughter is 2 and a half and LOVES books, she has a huge library already but this is one classic that we had (surprisingly) never read before. She was fascinated by the story, we read it once as soon as we opened the package this morning and then again half an hour later, at her request. Afterwards she wanted to know all about the tiger and seemed most disgruntled that it had eaten all the food in the house! I think it is safe to say that she really enjoyed this and that it will be read time and time again.

If it isn't too late to put a question to Judith, could I ask if the tiger is a metaphor for something more sinister? Or am I reading too much into things?!

Thanks very much again smile

parabelle Mon 17-Jun-13 21:44:25

We love this book, but I always think it's so sad at the end when it says: 'but he never did'. Why won't he ever come back? Would it not have been so much nicer to have let the children with that hope?

Sorry, it's always bothered me.

HarumScarum Mon 17-Jun-13 22:10:51

I love best of all the picture of Sophie walking to the restaurant with her parents. I grew up near where it is set and recognise some of the shop names and it has always felt like it's MY book. I'm not called Sophie but we had a fair few evenings in my childhood where a café was required for one reason or another (sadly never a tiger). DD loves the tiger and like many others 'ALL DADDY'S BEER' was an oft-repeated phrase in our house for many years. I haven't really got a question. But thank you for a lovely lovely lovely book that has lasted for so very many years of my childhood and adulthood and DD's childhood. I would not be at all surprised if my six year old will be reading it to her own children twenty or thirty years hence. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm still enjoying it when I am your age, tbh!

quietlysuggests Mon 17-Jun-13 22:18:26

Comment- when I came across TTWCTT a couple of years ago I burst out crying in the bookshop! It was my mother's fave book to read to me when I was little and though I hadn't seen it in years I remembered every single page and the emotions were so powerful it was like sitting on my mother's lap after all those years.

Question - Why did he never come back?

Theory - I have many days where the day runs away from me and my husband comes home from work and there's no dinner ready, the cupboards are bare, the house is a mess, no child is ready for bed.
So I say to him that the Tiger came to tea.

But for me this is a regular occurrence.
My Tiger always comes back!

playlearn Tue 18-Jun-13 20:11:15

We received our copy of TTWCTT today and Ethan absolutely loves it! We got out our tea set and acted it out (he loved drinking all the tea from the tea pot!)

So glad that we won, it's a classic smile

CathBookworm Tue 18-Jun-13 22:20:30

Thanks for the copy of TTWCTT, my boy is 2 and spotted the tiger on the front and HAD to have it read to him tonight. His favourite bit at the moment is when the tiger drinks all the tea from the tea pot, he thinks its hilarious.

therumoursaretrue Wed 19-Jun-13 10:50:31

Just received my copy of TTWCTT this morning. DS is only 10 months but sat as quiet as a mouse looking at the pictures while I read to him. I can tell this is going to be a favourite in our house!

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 20-Jun-13 14:23:20

The Q&A has now closed and we've chosen 20 Qs and sent them over to Judith. We also sent over all the lovely comments about her books that you posted as we wanted to share this with Judith. We'll be posting up her answers next week and announcing the winner of the signed copy of Judith Kerr's Creatures: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Judith Kerr.

We also we wanted to let you know that Judith will be joining gransnet for a live webchat next Wednesday 26 June, 1-2pm.

Tusty Thu 20-Jun-13 16:14:26

We love TTWCTT in our house. I remember it being one of my brother's favourites when we were kids, so it was definitely one I wanted my son to have in his book collection and enjoy. It's great reading it again and noticing all the 'mysterious' images that as a child you never notice (it's like watching The 6th Sense and recognising all the clues to explain the ending, although with this you never actually get the answers as to who the Tiger is)...seeing the domestic cat throughout etc.

My son loves all the voices we do, and he's now at 2 1/2 reading it (well, making up the story) to himself. We get asked for the 'tiger book' quite a lot at bedtime.

I don't think we've got any other Judith Kerr books, although I used to love the Mog books.

cavylover Fri 21-Jun-13 12:17:37

The Tiger Who Came For Tea is a book which never loses its appeal with a wonderful story about a tiger who "eats a family out of house and home" after turning up unexpectedly on a family's doorstep. It is teaching children about sharing with others and not expecting anything in return and is accompanied by excellent illustrations which bring the story alive. A timeless classic!

potteringpenguin Sat 22-Jun-13 17:21:02

This is one of my all time favourite books. It just arrived and my teenage daughters pounced on it. The 18 year old could still quote huge chunks of it. Our original copy disintegrated so it's lovely to have a new one to share with my brand new nephew! Thank you.

Judith Kerr is amazing. I loved the exhibition of her work at Seven Stories (the National centre for the children's book in Newcastle.)

nattnatt Mon 24-Jun-13 12:24:27

Why do I not remeber this as a kid? My 3yr old loves it! He loves showing me the pictures too......and why does the tiger get to eat all the cake and he can't?
Cracking bedtime story smile

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 24-Jun-13 13:09:01

any news on the winner of the signed book?

Clawdy Tue 25-Jun-13 19:42:49

Yes,thought the QandA was yesterday,too?

MrsHoarder Thu 27-Jun-13 09:18:27

DS loves the Tiger Who Came to Tea. Unfortunately it gave him ideas about drinking the bath water though wink

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 28-Jun-13 16:55:35

Hey all, so sorry the answers are back a bit late. Judith was going to be coming in to Mumsnet Towers on Wednesday to do a webchat on gransnet, when she was going to sign the books for the competition but sadly had to pull out last minute because of ill health. This is also why her answers to the Q&A are going to be a little late. We'll be speaking again with the publishers on Monday and hopefully be able to bring more news then on when the answers will be back and also on getting the books signed for the competition.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 28-Jun-13 17:17:45

Oh no. Get well soon Judith.

SisterMatic Fri 28-Jun-13 22:02:35

Get well soon Judith, sorry to hear you are unwell

AndMiffyWentToSleep Sat 29-Jun-13 05:45:00

Get well soon flowers

JulesJules Sat 29-Jun-13 16:40:06

Get well soon Judith! flowers

Periwinkle007 Wed 10-Jul-13 21:44:51

I hope she is feeling better now, I have only just got round to checking back to see her answers.

BusyMum101 Fri 19-Jul-13 13:33:43

We loved this book. My mother used to read it to me as a child and she relished reading it with my daughter - brought back lots of memories. smile x

RippingYarns Mon 22-Jul-13 20:10:49

sorry to read this, just popped by to say our freebie is now one of DDs favourite bedtime stories, Tigers who come to tea are awesome

Get well soon, Judith thanks

Clawdy Mon 29-Jul-13 16:41:33

Is there any further news about Judith? Hope she is feeling better.

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