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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007467923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007467921
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 0.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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’:
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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.

“A modern classic.” The Independent.

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About the Author

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, but left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape the Nazis. They arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. There she met her husband Nigel Kneale and they had two children together; Judith wrote ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ for them, which has gone on to become a much-loved classic, I print for over forty years. She was awarded an OBE in 2012 for services to children’s literature and holocaust education, and celebrates her 90th birthday in 2013.


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By Owl VINE VOICE on 31 Mar. 2014
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This is a great story with great characters and a lovely text. The characters ar funny and loveable and the children iWork with love their exploits. The children were cheering on the grannies and booing at the baddies. It is a feel good story with a message that crime does not pay.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2015
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Judith Kerr has always been well loved in our house and, although this not our favourite story, it is still a lot of fun. This is the story of the fearless granny gang – the youngest of which is eighty-two. They can carry out repairs, fix cars, tame lions and baby-sit crocodiles! One day there is a robbery and the grannies spring into action!

Although I like the idea of grannies being brave and capable; somehow this story didn’t hold the attention of my listener’s in the same way as other books by her. My niece liked the pastel illustrations and the way the grannies fought the baddies, but it has not been one of her most requested stories.
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Awful rhyming scheme, classist and a huge disappointment in terms of actual story. We love Judith Kerr and usually enjoy her books, but this is a nightmare to read and doesn't flow at all. The hoodie thing is disgraceful and should never have gotten past publishing. The grannies themselves are so numerous that there's no sense of personality in any of them, just a few short couplets on each. It was a wonderful idea for a book, but falls short at every hurdle.
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From the 'look inside' I was excited and delighted by this empowering story and was looking forward to sharing with my 2yo. Sadly after demonstrating that older women are active and enjoy a range of dynamic activities the story meanders into the worst kind of class & youth discrimination, with 'hoodies' being used synonymously for criminals, foiled by the frankly frumpily illustrated Granny Gang (neither Gran in this family is a silver-haired, over weight, tweed wearing Mrs Pepperpot). As a 30+ hoody wearing doctor partnered to a hoody wearing software engineer I can only assume that this volte face from the prejudice confronting opening was a misplaced attempt at a deep level of irony (maybe draw in some Next or M&S labels on the hoodies?). Not for my child thanks. We will be sticking with my childhood copy of Jerry Smath's 'But No Elephants' featuring the awesome independent Grandma Tildy: But No Elephants (Once Upon a Time)
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i must say that I am very surprised that this book got passed by the publishers Harper Collins. They have really let themselves down with this, and it just shows how well Judith Kerr's books sell that this one made it into the book shops. I do like a lot of Kerr's books and some are indeed real classics. Her illustrative style is unquestionably great and this is not the problem here.

The first big problem with this book is the awful rhyming couplets used. This is not the usual writing style of Kerr and one can only assume that she was trying to emulate the skills of Donaldson who has obviously been outselling everything. All Kerr has proved is that Donaldson is obviously a much mo talented wordsmith. The words used in this book a forced in to somehow make the story fit, but it's all awkward and often not appropriate for children learning the English language.

However, the biggest problem with this book, and the reason that it should never have made it to print is the shameful classism that runs through the story. It is truly unbelievable. I'm not sure I blame Kerr for this, she lives a comfortable life and is of an age that is slightly disconnected from teenagers and young adults. Harper Collins however should have no excuses, they should have picked up on this straight away and dealt with it.

It is simply unacceptable use the word 'hoodies' to mean criminals. Branding every teenager, young or old adult in a hoody as living a life of crime. An item of clothing does not make you a criminal and teaching young children that it does is wrong.
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A really good read which I ordered for a Christmas gift for my grandson. I love Judith Kerr and all her books.
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While there is much humour and playfulness in Judith Kerr's new book, the dreadful classism on display should dissuade any parent from wanting to read such prejudiced drivel to their child over and over again. A quick flick through should suffice.
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All Grans should have this to read to their Grandchildren !
Not perha[ps as good as Judith Kerr's other books, ie Mog.
But a good read with lots of pictures to look at.
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