Judith Kerr OBE was born in Berlin. Her family left Germany in
1933 to escape the rising Nazi party, and came to England. She
studied at the Central School of Art and later worked as a
scriptwriter for the BBC.
Judith married the celebrated screenwriter Nigel Kneale in 1954. She left the BBC to look after their two children, who inspired her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Published in 1968 and never out of print in the fifty years since, it has become a much-loved classic and perennial bestseller.
Judith was awarded the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, and in 2019 was named Illustrator of the Year at the British Book Awards. Judith died in May 2019 at the age of 95, and her stories continue to entertain and delight generations of children.
"It's no surprise Judith's work is still popular. It owes nothing to the vagaries of style or fashion. Her warmth and humanity are timeless." Michael Foreman
'Near perfection of form is embellished by clear, expressive illustrations. The pace is exactly right, the resolution totally satisfying.' Dorothy Butler, Babies Need Books.
'A modern classic.' The Independent.
'This book has enduring charm and young children will delight in the preposterous notion of a tiger creating mayhem in the house.' Junior Magazine
Praise for 'Mog the Forgetful Cat':
'Grandparents are likely to get as much fun out of seeing it again as the new generation of fans just learning to read!' Choice Magazine
Praise for Goodbye Mog:
'Kerr's warmth, humour and honesty make this an engaging introduction to a difficult topic.' Financial Times
'Believable, amusing and moving.' Nursery World
'A supremely sensitive story.' The Times
Praise for 'One Night in the Zoo':
'Lovely... uses soothing, pastel illustrations and exotic animals to make basic counting seem unintimidating.' Daily Telegraph