More than fifty years ago, Judith Kerr used to tell the story of the Tiger to her daughter Tacy at bedtime.
“She was rather critical of my other stories but used to say, ‘Talk the tiger!’ So, when she and her brother were both at school and I had more time, I thought I would make it into a picture book.”
That picture book was sent to Collins and the rest, as they say, is history. A success from its first publication in 1968, it was called “a dazzling first book” by Antonia Fraser in one of its first reviews, and has been beloved by both critics and children ever since. Countless generations have delighted in the story of a little girl called Sophie and her extraordinary teatime guest; it has sold more than ten million copies, and is still a bestseller in this, its fiftieth anniversary year.
Judith has continued to write and illustrate many more bestsellers since that day – from her second book, introducing the world to the iconic Mog the Forgetful Cat who since then has appeared in nineteen more adventures, and magical stories ranging everywhere from a gang of grannies to her most recently published book about a cat with a very special tail. She continues to write and illustrate to this day and will celebrate her 95th birthday in 2018 with a brand-new book and the anniversary publishing of her first and most well-known title – an occasion warranting the most golden of celebrations for both an incredible icon and her famous creations.