The Tiger Who Came To Tea

(106 Posts)
nigelslaterfan Tue 02-Feb-10 15:12:47

dd loves this book but am I being unreasonable to suggest that Sophie and her mother are massive pigs to sit at home and have such a massive tea of cake and buns and sandwiches? I mean it seems greedy to me.

nigelslaterfan Fri 05-Feb-10 22:01:02

If the Tiger were a film:

Tiger - Benecio del Toro/Robert Mitchum
Sophie - Saoirse Ronan from (younger girl from Atonement)
Mummy - Shelley Winters
Daddy - Gregory Peck

But what about Mog's Bad Thing? The Shame.
And Mog's Christmas?
The Talking Tree? The Aunties on tippy toe? The garrulous uncles? The terrible juggled dead mice? The tragedy of Mog having gone Up Onto The Roof? The cancellation of Christmas? It's too awful.

lousouthend Sat 06-Feb-10 22:00:54

I loved this book when little and always felt really, really sad that the tiger never came back even though the lovely tiger food was there waiting. Reading it to my kids this bit troubles me still. Are any of you saddened by this? Also my sil changes the cafe meal to chicken and peas(and no icecream) because it is healthier and it really annoys me,because I think it the cafe meal should be fun. What do you think?

MarineIguana Sat 06-Feb-10 22:10:28

shock at changing the food - outrageous! What a miserable killjoy. If I knoew anyone who did that I think I would have to sneakily read the book properly to their DC when they weren't looking

NowWhatIsit Mon 22-Feb-10 19:32:22

My DH can still come home on occasion and be greeted by me saying, Oh No, you'll never guess what happened... we have to eat out/get takeaway.....Pesky tigers.

mortalcoils Tue 23-Feb-10 09:17:53

Isn't the tiger obviously meant to be having an affair with the mother? As I see it, the book is an attempted refutation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, in which the assumption is that for a man to have an affair is bad, but not mortal for a marriage, but a woman's affair will always destroy everyone involved. In the TWCTT, the family survives the mother-tiger relationship, mainly through the compliance, innocence and good nature of the husband.

cazzybabs Tue 23-Feb-10 19:37:36

mortalcoils - I just thought it was about a tuger who came for tea (cazzy puts on dunces hat and goes and sits in the corner)

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