Judith Kerr, beloved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, dies aged 95

Judith Kerr, the author and illustrator whose debut picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea introduced generations of pre-school children to the joyful chaos of uncontrolled appetites, died at home yesterday at the age of 95 after a short illness, her publisher said on Thursday. Claire Armitstead from The Guardian reports Kerr, who dreamed up the tiger to amuse her two children, only started publishing in her 40s, and lived to see the Tiger reach its millionth sale as she turned 94. To her mild chagrin, it remained her best loved single book: “I’ve got better at drawing, obviously,” she told one interviewer.

Over a 50-year career she published more than 30 further books, immortalising a succession of family cats through the naughty but lovable Mog, and bringing to life her family’s flight across Europe as the Nazis came to power in the novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Her publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, Ann-Janine Murtagh, said it had been “the greatest honour and privilege to know and publish Judith Kerr for over a decade”, describing her as a person who “embraced life as one great big adventure and lived every day to the full”.

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