The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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by Judith Kerr
     
 

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A voracious guest makes a surprise visit in this ferociously popular tale, first published more than forty years ago.

ONCE THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL CALLED SOPHIE,
AND SHE WAS HAVING TEA WITH HER MUMMY IN THE KITCHEN.
SUDDENLY, THERE WAS A RING AT THE DOOR.

When the doorbell rings unexpectedly one afternoon, Sophie and her mummy can’t imagine

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Overview

A voracious guest makes a surprise visit in this ferociously popular tale, first published more than forty years ago.

ONCE THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL CALLED SOPHIE,
AND SHE WAS HAVING TEA WITH HER MUMMY IN THE KITCHEN.
SUDDENLY, THERE WAS A RING AT THE DOOR.

When the doorbell rings unexpectedly one afternoon, Sophie and her mummy can’t imagine who might be there. Much to their surprise, a tiger with a very large appetite has come to tea! What will they tell Daddy when he returns home and finds all the cupboards bare? First published in 1968, this classic and whimsical picture book from beloved children’s author and illustrator Judith Kerr is a delightful (and delicious!) story about the best way to entertain an unexpected houseguest, even when that guest just so happens to be a tiger.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An unexpected guest arrives at Sophie's house and eats more than his fair share in The Tiger Who Came to Tea (1968) by Judith Kerr, conveyed in charming scenes that reflect 1960s sensibilities; and the language is deliciously British ("They had a lovely supper with sausages and chips and ice cream").
Children's Literature
Reminiscent of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, the lion that comes to share tea with Sophie and her mummy eats everything in the house, including the supper cooking on the stove and the tap water coming out of the faucet. When Sophie's dad returns from a hard day at work and is told the story of the lion who came to tea, he takes his family out to dinner. The description of their walk to the café, through the lamp-lit streets, is particularly pleasing. The re-issue of this title after 35 years proves its value to children's world of imagination. The illustrations will be captivating to young readers. They will not want you to turn the page until they have explored everything in these delightful pictures. This is a great read-aloud book. 2002 (orig. 1968), HarperCollins,
— Joyce Rice
Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Sophie and her mummy are enjoying a cup of tea in the kitchen when a ring at the door disturbs them. Wondering just whom that could be … the milkman? the boy from the grocer? Sophie opens the door to discover a big, furry, stripped, tiger. She invites him in for a cup of tea, which he gladly accepts. Taking a chair at the table, the tiger hungrily accepts all the food offered to him and before long all the food in the house is gone. But he does not stop there. Before he leaves, the tiger has consumed everything in the house and Sophie dad will be home soon. Tiger says "thank you, and I'll be going now", which was just in time for Sophie's dad to come home. What a surprise for dad and how will Sophie and mummy explain the empty cupboards and refrigerator? This is a classic picture book first published in 1968 that is just as charming today as it was then. Ms. Kerr's pen and crayon illustrations are warm and engaging, drawing the readers into the story. Reviewer: Debby Willett
From the Publisher
“Near perfection of form is embellished by clear, expressive illustrations. The pace is exactly right, the resolution totally satisfying.”Dorothy Butler: Babies Need Books.“A modern classic.”The Independent.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763645632
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
184,303
Product dimensions:
11.22(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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