Kerr pens first children’s novel since 1978

Kerr pens first children’s novel since 1978

HarperCollins Children’s Books will publish Judith Kerr’s Mister Cleghorn’s Seal this September, her first children’s novel since 1978’s A Small Person Far Away.
 
Mister Cleghorn’s Seal, which HarperCollins is fast-tracking for publication in September, is inspired by the author’s father, who once took in an abandoned seal pup. In the book, Mr. Cleghorn finds a seal pup called Charlie during a visit to the seaside and chaotic adventure ensues.
 
Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, said: “Judith delivered Mister Cleghorn's Seal to my delight and surprise earlier this year. From my first glimpse of her exquisite pencil drawings and on reading the very first few pages of the story I knew we had something extraordinarily special and simply had to publish right away.”
 
HarperCollins will publish in September and is also releasing an audio dramatisation of the book, voiced by Bill Nighy and with an afterword by Kerr. A sample of the audio book is currently available online.
 
Kerr, who is 92, is best known for her picture book The Tiger That Came to Tea, as well as Mog the Forgetful Cat and The Crocodile Under the Bed. Her memoir about fleeing Nazi Germany as a child, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, was published in 1971.