Last month literary world said goodbye to an amazing children’s writer and illustrator – Judith Kerr. If you were to sit together a group of parents and ask them what some of the favourite books they love to read to their children, I can guarantee you that at least one of her books would be on that list.
An amazing lady, she escaped the Nazis as a child and has published so many wonderful children’s books including The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the infamous Mog books series. She passed away last month at the fabulous age of 95, the week after she won the prestigious title of Illustrator of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019. She also won a Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Her new book will be released this month – The Curse of the School Rabbit. I for one already have it on pre-order for my children.
Many people will also now her from her collaboration with Sainsburys in 2015, which saw Mog the Cat simultaneously destroy and save Christmas all in one swoop. Which you can read about in Mog’s Calamity and of course watch in the rather popular Christmas commercial.
My children and I are big fans of hers and I have written several book reviews of her works on my blog. From the infamous and amazing The Tiger Who Came to Tea, to Goodbye Mog which helped my children to come to terms with the loss of our family cat. We also reviewed the last book she released, Katinka’s Tail a wonderful story about a cat with a magical tail.
But don’t just take my word for it, there are lots of other bloggers who have also written some wonderful reviews of Judith Kerr’s works. The Story Snug has written a review on The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog’s Christmas. Someone’s Mum and Island Living 365 have both written review on the magical story of Katinka’s Tail. Here Come the Girls has written all about The Great Granny.
I think The Tiger Who Came to Tea is probably my all-time favourite of her books, there is something rather magnificent about imagining what you would do if a tiger turned up and your door asking for some dinner. Acorn Books has written all about the theatre show, which I would love to go to see. Counting to Ten went to the Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford who has an immersive exhibition on for The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat which looks fabulous. If you want some inspiration for an activity to do at home with your children in memory of Judith Kerr, Pondering Parenting has a great Tiger Who Came to Tea tuff spot activity for you to try. The Tiger Who Came to Tea is also touring with the National Trust until 2020.
For now, I just want to say a very fond farewell Judith Kerr. Thank you for your amazing books I remember from my childhood and that my own children love so very much. Your legacy will live on in your wonderful gift of storytelling for so many years to come.