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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 celebrated her 95th birthday in 2018, was awarded the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, and continues to write and illustrate children's books from her home in London.
"Kerr's delicate line drawings are full of expression and the story is enchanting." Daily Mail "Heartwarming." Metro Praise for The Tiger Who Came To Tea: "Near perfection of form is embellished by clear, expressive illustrations. The pace is exactly right, the resolution totally satisfying." Dorothy Butler, Babies Need Books Praise for My Henry: "It bears all her trademarks, lively illustration, a cheerful blend of the everyday and the fantastic... A deeply poignant yet ultimately uplifting tale..." Giulia Rhode, Sunday Express Praise for One Night in the Zoo: "Lovely... uses soothing, pastel illustrations and exotic animals to make basic counting seem unintimidating." Daily Telegraph 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