Was The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about the Nazis? Its creator always insisted it wasn't
Added 05-23-19 08:36:02pm EST - “Judith Kerr, who died on Thursday aged 95, fled to Britain and eventually became one of the most successful children's illustrators and authors in the world.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Judith Kerr was a most unexpected woman — as unexpected as the visitor in her best-loved book, who rang the doorbell and interrupted a little girl’s teatime.
The visitor was a tiger and, after politely inviting itself into the kitchen, it proceeded to eat the family out of house and home, even guzzling ‘all Daddy’s beer’ and ‘all the water in the tap’.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea has a happy ending though . . . and so, despite all the odds, did the story of Judith Kerr herself, who died on Wednesday aged 95 following a short illness.
After a childhood of terror and death threats in Nazi Germany, she escaped to Britain and eventually became one of the most successful children’s illustrators in the world.
Even people who haven’t opened a picture book for 50 years are likely to know her work — she invented Mog, the accident-prone cat who starred in a famous Sainsbury’s Christmas TV ad three years ago.
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