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Share in fifty years of magic... This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary teatime guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published fifty years ago.
The Tiger has been coming to Tea for 50 glorious years! Celebrate this incredible anniversary with this special celebration 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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10th November '16
I read it to Bertie aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A very well known story that is spoken of a lot in our house, eg if there is no milk left the Tiger must have been and drunk it! Cute little story with nice illustrations its great for younger children.
2nd September '15
Read to a child aged 2
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5 stars
This classic book was originally published in 1968 and it still retains its charm after all these years. Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to enjoy their tea when a tiger rings the door bell and invites himself in for tea. He eats all the food and drinks all the drink (even all the water in the tap) then leaves. Sophie and her mummy are then left without any supper and an incredible tale to tell daddy when he returns from a hard day at work. The illustrations are delightful and the story has a quiet old school charm from a time when the world appeared to be a simpler place. It does still have relevance to today's modern world and after reading this book if there was an unexpected visitor or knock on the door my almost 3 year old would get excited and exclaim it might be a tiger! unfortunately, so far she has been disappointed :) This book is a classic for a reason and will be around entertaining our lovely children for many more years to come.
9th August '17
I read it to Jaanu aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Classic story about a tiger who comes and eats all the food and drink. Cool illustrations too.
22nd June '16
I read it to Ivy aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This book is one of my daughters favourites. She giggles lots when the tiger eats all of the food in the house. I think every child should read this book the illustrations are great and my daughter really enjoys it from start to finish. 
11th September '17
I read it to Ellie14 aged 3 aged 3 & to Rooroo aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
My all time favourite book such an amazing thing to happen a tiger coming to tea. A great all time classic. 
3rd December '18
I read it to Hingham aged 4 to 7
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5 stars
This book is a classic. It’s an odd story though about a tiger coming to eat all the food. Children love it though. We also study it for English in year one and two. 
23rd May '16
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 9 months aged 0
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5 stars
This was a Christmas present for my Sophie. Its a lovely bedtime story. Its a nice large book for my daughter to do with me and read together looking at the pages. I especially like the part about he tiger drinking all daddy's beer, hehe. 
30th August '17
I read it to Little One aged 3 aged 3 & to Baby aged 10 months aged 0
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5 stars
This is a classic read that both my girls enjoy. The hungry tiger who comes to Sophie's house just can't stop eating. So much so that Sophie and her family are left with no food, drink including tap water!!!
My eldest daughter finds this hilarious and we always talk about how obliging Sophie and her family are about having a tiger for tea. 
Judith Kerr is very talented. This book was first published such a while ago and I recall reading it when I was younger. 
The illustrations are brilliant and those in itself are history lessons as many things we no longer use or I know my eldest daughter would not have heard of before. 
The story ends happily and Sophie and her family are not left hungry but enjoy a nice "supper" out. Phew! 
If you haven't read this to your mini yous I really think you should. A fun, entertaining read. 
13th July '16
I read it to Lily aged 3 aged 3 & to RoseMars aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A charming book with beautiful illustrations and a whimsical story. My three year old twin girls love this book and find the greedy tiger very funny. A very nice book for young children.
4th August '17
I read it to BellaC aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
A lovely book that has stood the test of time. My daughter loves seeing what the tiger has eaten next.
10th October '16
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
We love this book. Even though the main character is a girl,my son still enjoys this very much. The tiger causes lots of mess - which kids find funny. We read this book while we are having lunch - which my son enjoys as the book features a lot of food!!
21st February '18
I read it to Mt13 aged 4 aged 4 & to Ht15 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Great classic book. I love how the classic stories are still loved generations on. My 2 boys love it. We have the tea set and tiger to go with the story
18th November '18
I read it to Harry31 aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This book is a really enjoyable book, my son reads this at school and wanted to read it at home as well. The story is in the title so there’s no real giveaway and it’s a really enjoyable well written book. The illustrations in the book especially like and are easily recognisable and when we go to the zoo my son asks if the tiger is coming home with us. It’s a real feel good happy book that makes you smile we really enjoy reading it. 
25th December '14
I read it to dinosaur man aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This has to be my all time favourite children's book. A lovely story about a tiger who invites himself in at teatime & eats all the food in the house. A simple story for a young child to follow, brilliant illustrations & a beautiful, cuddly tiger as the main character. What more could you wish for!? I love reading this to my children!
12th April '17
I read it to sashet01 aged 3 aged 3 & to sashet21 aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
My 1 year who doesn't sit still actually grabs and sits still for this book. He loves it as does my 3 year old who can rememeber the whole story. She loves shouting that the tiger has drunken all daddy's beer! A great story and illustrations
13th August '16
I read it myself (an adult) , to Brobee aged 3 aged 3 & to Toodee aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This really is a classic picture book and we absolutely adore reading it together. Judith Kerr's tiger is instantly recognisable; the cover alone just makes you want to read it again and again. We always think about whether the tiger really did come to tea or whether it was just Sophie's imagination. It's a truly lovely bedtime story.
1st October '18
I read it to lisa.m aged 2 aged 2 , to Momo aged 4 aged 4 & to Amaaaan aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
I love Judith Kerrs book and I found this book alluring and kept my young children happy, even my daughter who has a very short attention span! I especially loved attempting to do tiger's voice and we all had a laugh about the greedy tiger. My nephew wanted to do tiger's voice himself and I helped him with the words. Hopefully, this book will be read many times in our household and I will look forward to reading more of this authors books.
27th September '16
I read it to tomray aged 4 aged 4 & to Henray aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This book is adored by both my boys aged 4 and 1. They love how naughty the tiger is and would love him to come to tea at our house!
10th October '18
I read it to EJWAL aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a great story. My son Ethan loves this book and we read it over and over again. The pictures are really good and match the story very well. He loves looking at the tiger and how much it can eat.  He enjoyed it so much that when it came to our local Theatre he wanted to see it there. A lovely story for a young child.
4th May '16
I read it to Tommyg aged 9 aged 9 , to Charliechuc aged 7 aged 7 & to Ewan aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
We bought the book after seeing it on stage.
It is a great book and known by most people. One of our old time favourites which always seems to pop back out just when I think they are getting to old for it.
25th March '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This children's classic has recently become a bedtime staple for us with our daughter sometimes requesting it a few times during the day too. The appeal for us is the beautifully illustrated tiger who never comes across as a threat but just eats all the food in the house and makes a mess. There are a few slightly dated parts such as mention of the grocer's boy and 'daddy's beer' (surely mummy likes an occasional ale too?!) but these don't detract from the story and just frame the timing for the adults rather than the child reading. It's slightly whimsical and very appealing. 
26th March '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Classic children's book. Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to enjoy, when a tiger rings the doorbell and invites himself it. After he's cleared the house of all food and drink (even daddy's beer!) the tiger bids farewell.... leaving Sophie and Mummy to explain the adventure to a puzzled Daddy when he returns from work to find there's no super. The family ventures out in the dark to a restaurant... and a rather familiar tabby cat crosses their path (was it really a tiger ? or did mummy just forget to cook....).  My daughter Sophie loves this book as she's always thought its all about her.... when she was a little younger, my husband would knock on the door when he got home and she had to guess if it was Daddy or the Tiger. There is a stage adaption which we've seen several times - and would recommend as a really good introduction to theatre for age 2+.

It's interesting to read some of the author's history growing up in Nazi Germany - Michael Rosen noted (in this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25027090) which adds a different perspective on the book for an older child: "Fellow children's author Michael Rosen says metaphorically the tiger in Kerr's children's book could be interpreted as a vision from her past - an underlying threat, robbing the family of everything they own and disrupting the comforting routine of a young child's daily life "Judith knows about dangerous people who come to your house and take people away. She was told as a young child that her father could be grabbed at any moment by either the Gestapo or the SS - he was in great danger."So I don't know whether Judith did it consciously or not - I wouldn't want to go there - but the point is he's a jokey tiger, but he is a tiger," says Rosen."
26th May '16
I read it to Cwader aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This book is funny. They are sitting down to tea when a tiger knocks at the door. He eats all this food and drink and then leaves. The storyline and illustrations are so good they appeal to both boys and girls 
17th September '17
I read it to Leonapie aged 9 aged 9 & to Pre school aged 2 to 4
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5 stars
Amazing story about a tiger who turns up at Sophie's house and eats & drinks everything in the house. The tiger leaves and dad arrives home and they have to explain what happened so dad takes them out for tea
2nd May '17
I read it to KeeratKT aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
We love the story about the Tiger who came for tea (and dinner and dessert)! My daughter loves this book and laughs at how the tiger eats its way through all the food, leaving nothing for them. The theatre show based on the book is great too. 
17th October '16
I read it to Eloise aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Used to love this as a child and it's passed down through generations. Such a simple yet imaginative story!
29th October '16
I read it to Montymoo aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Great story to stir the imagination! A random tiger drops by and eats all of the food in the house! Plus he drank all of the water out of the taps! However, Sophie seems very fond of the tiger despite eating her supper out of the saucepans! 
Love the fact Dad comes home, looking puzzled but believes the story anyway!! 
20th November '18
I read it to Squirt aged 4 aged 4 & to Squidge aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
A story that I remember from when I was a kid, I love sharing stories I enjoyed with my children! A very enjoyable story with beautiful illustrations. A classic. 
30th October '17
I read it to mrbear aged 6 aged 6 & to mrfox aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
I loved this book as a child, and now I've been reading it to my two boys and they love it too.
15th April '18
I read it to Cece aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Another Judith Kerr classic which my daughter, Cece, like children before and no doubt after her, loves.

The image of a tiger coming over and eating (and drinking) everything in the house before politely going on his way is crazy but Judith Kerr has written this tale as if it is is only a little unusual and certainly not remotely TERRIFYING!

As with many older books the image of the working Father who comes home expecting tea to be on the table is not very representative of the world children now live in. But this old fashioned outlook is muted by the sense of the absurd in the situation. Cece loves this and so do I - we are just waiting now for the stage play to come to a theatre near us. 
28th November '16
I read it to Alex2011 aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Brilliantly simple! Alex finds this book funny everytime and now he is at school he helps me read some of the words! 
25th February '18
I read it to Miss-ie-davis aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This is a book that I enjoy reading to both my daughter and the children I work with. The children love it too and will often select it from the bookshelf!
8th November '16
I read it myself (an adult) & to Brooke aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
I loved this book as a child as did my sister, it was the first book my sister learned how to read and she now reads it to her daughter Brooke 
21st November '16
I read it to Darcie aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
my daughter really enjoyed this book, great story.
14th September '16
I read it to Ckelly2013 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Classic childhood story 
I read this book when I was little and i really wanted to read it to my daughter. It's just as I remembered. It's a funny and friendly story about a tiger who came for tea.
My daughter thinks the tiger is funny and greedy. She loves pointing out what is happening using the beautiful pictures. It's a favourite in our house. I'm so glad that I get to read my daughter a story that I was read when I was little. 
30th October '16
I read it to Samuelj aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This is one of my 3 year old son's (and my) favourites. The story is funny and engaging and we have now read it so many times my son reads it along with me. Despite the age of the book, the story has not aged at all. The illustrations really bring this story to life. 
7th November '16
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
The tiger who came to tea is a lovely classic story to spark the imagination. A normal little girl and her mum sits down for dinner and find that they have an extraordinary guest who eats everything!  A great storyline which allows little ones to think about what they would do if a tiger came to tea! Lovely illustrations and a wonderful charming story.
2nd April '18
I read it to SPH aged 2 aged 2
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4 stars
This is a lovely book. I bought it recently for my son as it's a 'classic' and one of those must read books for children (I don't remember reading it as a child!). It is a lovely book and it kept my son's attention thought out. For me though, with it being a must read I did think there would be more to the story. I am still really glad we got it and I would recommend you read it too!
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