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."