HarperCollins Children’s Books will mark this year’s 50th anniversary of Judith Kerr’s classic picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea with new publishing and a series of events.
In March the publisher will release a new paperback edition with a foreword by Kerr (£6.99), a new board book (£6.99), a CD of Judith Kerr stories read by Phyllida Law, Geraldine McEwan and Susan Sheridan (£5.99), and a spiralbound book about how to host the perfect tea party, entitled The Tiger Who Came to Tea Party Book (£9.99). In autumn there will be a hardback pop-up book (£19.99) and a 50th anniversary slip-cased hardback edition (£20.00), featuring sketches and notes from the making of the book.
HarperCollins is also planning on organising 50 “Tiger Tea Parties” across the country.
Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, said: “We are privileged to have been Judith’s publishing home since 1968 and honoured to publish her iconic book The Tiger Who Came to Tea. This is a very special celebration since at the heart of it will be the woman who is the liveliest, wittiest and most extraordinary woman I know – the legendary Judith Kerr. This year is the moment to take the Tiger to new generations and celebrate the nation’s affection for this most perfect of picture books.”
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, which was based on a story Kerr used to tell her daughter, was first published in 1968. Last year Tiger sold more than one million copies through Nielsen BookScan but according to HarperCollins Children’s Books, the picture book has sold more than five million copies in total since it was first published.