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Why The Tiger Who Came To Tea remains a perennial favourite

4th November 2018


Liz Binks, part of Team Toppsta, tells us why The Tiger Who Came to Tea continues to delight children everywhere.

I was thrilled when I found out 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea. I remember my mum reading it to me as a child and telling me how much she loved her own mum reading it to her when she was little. When we were running low on food she’d always joke that ‘the tiger had come to tea’! Now, thirty years on, I’m reading this magical story to my own baby girl who squeals with delight when I pull it off the bookshelf.

So why is The Tiger Who Came to Tea such a perennial favourite? It has over 60 reviews from our Toppsta readers and many of them have remarked how it is ‘still as charming’ as they remember it and how they love the 'repetitive language' and 'bright illustrations'. Below are some of our favourite Toppsta reviews.

I absolutely LOVE the new 50th edition books that HarperCollins have created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. There’s an exquisite slipcase edition (video here), a super fun Party Book (video here), a gorgeous Pop-up Book (video here) and a collectible edition of both the paperback and classic board book.

Here’s my own ‘tiger’, Tiberius, having a read of all the 50th anniversary editions - and attempting to eat my cupcake!

I have no doubt that Judith Kerr's roar-some book (couldn’t resist a tiger pun!) will continue to delight children everywhere for generations to come.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger has been coming to Tea for 50 glorious years! Celebrate this incredible anniversary with this special edition of the classic story in paperback.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

This inimitable picture book is perfect for reading aloud, or for small children to read to themselves time and again. First published in 1968 and never out of print, it has become a timeless classic enjoyed and beloved by generations of children.

The magic begins at teatime!


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