Judith Kerr on earning her stripes as author and illustrator

Judith Kerr on earning her stripes as author and illustrator

It is sometimes hard to believe quite how famous The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Judith Kerr’s picture book about a girl who is visited by a tiger at tea time, came to be, especially for the author herself, who, as most people know, came up with the story for her daughter Tacy, who was two at the time.

“I used to make up stories for her, partly because picture books were so awful at the time,” Kerr tells The Bookseller. “I just put in all the things she liked and she liked all the things small children like, such as going out in the dark. I never would have dreamed of writing about a girl going...

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