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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  8,081 ratings  ·  277 reviews

While Sophie and her mother are sitting down to tea one afternoon, the doorbell rings. A big, furry, stripy tiger has come for tea...and sandwiches, and buns, and biscuits...and eats all the food in the house until there's nothing left to cook for Daddy's supper.

Judith Kerr's reassuring and funny story with just a hint of anarchy has been delighting children since its firs

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Unknown Binding, 32 pages
Published March 14th 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1968)
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Jan-Maat
I learnt important life lessons from this book:
*Don't try to drink all the water from the tap
*Drinking tea from the pot via the spout gets you a mouth full of tea leaves
*A single tin of tiger food will fill you up as much as an entire household full of food

The story is a simple one - what happens when a tiger comes to tea (tea here in the British English sense of a post-midday meal eaten with tea, the content and time of the meal correlating with social class and location). The situation isn't j
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midnightfaerie
This was a cute story about how a tiger comes to tea and eats and drinks everything in the house. The kids, both my 5 yr old and twin 3 yr olds were engaged enough to follow the story, but never really showed any interest in the outcome. Not even the tiger they really cared what happened to, and I think it was because the ending fell a little flat, even I was wondering what the point of the book was. After the tiger eats and drinks everything, it leaves and the family is left wondering what they ...more
·Karen·
Why is it that a lot of our favourite children's books have to do with food?
This one is particularly nostalgic for me, as it is the story I used to calm down a two year old who had fallen off the top bunk, thus needing an x-ray to see if any bones were broken. A normal examination was impossible as she started to scream every time the doctor came near her, so there we were, me and a doctor, both in lead aprons, trying to hold down a wriggling screeching refusenik so that her nice photo would co
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Lisa Vegan
I loved this story and, as a child, would have been utterly delighted reading this/having this read to me.

It says it was published first in 1968. It feels more 1950s to me. From the words within, I do believe it was probably first published in England.

I’ve always loved tigers, though as an adult not in zoos or other entertainment parks, and so even this very “un-tigerlike” tiger appealed to me. The story is very funny and entertaining, and fun to read aloud.

The illustrations are equally amusing
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Angela
For my first book review I have chosen The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. This is a story I have read many times for my nephews and for the boy whom I child mind for and they love it.
It is a classic tale written over forty years ago which tells the story of Sophie and her mum who sit down to have tea one afternoon, when there is a knock at the door, and they have an unexpected visit from a tiger. They allow the tiger to come in and have tea with them as if there is nothing unusual about
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Natalie
The British are so nonchalant. A tiger comes in and eats and drinks everything in the house. No worries, we'll just go out to eat tonight.
Nicole
This is a brilliant short story which is based on a girl called sophie who is interrupted by a tiger whilst she is having tea with her mother. When sophie and her mother hear a knock at the door they wonder who it might be. They consider that it might be the milkman, the boy from the grocer and even her father. However because these people have visited already and her father has gone to work they open the door cautiously. When her mother opens the door she discovers that there is a very hungry t ...more
Nwakaego Dee
This book is my daughters favourite bedtime story. It is about a young girl who is having tea with her mother and then the door bell rings. Standing at the door is a tiger. They invite the tiger to join them for tea, only for the tiger to eat all the food and drink all the drinks in the house,leaving nothing for her daddy when he returns home.

This book is very well illustrated, my daughter always gets captivated by how big the tiger is. It gives a strong example of sharing. The young girl did n
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Anjumanara
A must read, as it is about an unexpected visit by an unexpected visitor- the tiger, who is invited in by a little girl named Sophie and her mother. However, to their astonishment they find that their guest is eating his way through everything in the kitchen until their is nothing left for them to eat...and then drank everything in the house including the tap water to the point where Sophie is unable to have a bath!! But they need not despair as daddy comes to the rescue and makes everything bet ...more
Sarah Sammis
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr was published in 1968 and was recently turned into a stage play in London. Children's books as theater seems to be having a renaissance of sorts. My inner child is feeling miffed at missing the show.

A mother and daughter sit down to tea (a most wonderful excuse for a mid afternoon snack) when the doorbell unexpectedly rings. The daughter asks who it could be but all the mother can say is that it won't be daddy because he has a key. Upon opening the door t
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Stacey Seaborne
I really enjoyed reviewing this book as this was one of my favourite stories as a child and I still enjoy it now. Sophie is at home in the kitchen with her Mother having tea, when suddenly there is a knock at the door. To Sophie’s surprise when she opens the door there is a tiger standing in front of her. The tiger comes in and heads for the kitchen and he drinks all of the tea, eats all of the food in the house and even drinks the water from the tap so Sophie cannot have her bath! The tiger the ...more
Sita Maria
This story is about a girl and her mother who are sitting down to tea when they get a knock on the door from a tiger. They let the tiger in to join them for tea. The little girl and her mother share their food with the tiger, once he has eaten all the food he thanks them and leaves. The mother then worries that she has no food for dads dinner and Sophie in unable to have a bath because the tiger has drunk all the water from the tap. When Sophie’s dad comes home they explain this to him and he su ...more
Jonathan Fowle
The Tiger Who Came To Tea, by Judith Kerr, is a children's classic and a book that they will enjoy over and over again. One day Sophie and her mother are having tea, when suddenly, there is a knock at the door...it's a tiger! They invite the tiger in, and the tiger starts eating everything in the house, until there is nothing left, including drinking all the water so Sophie can't even have a bath! The tiger waves goodbye once everything has been eaten and Daddy returns. They decide to go out fo ...more
N. Hyett
“The Tiger who come to tea” is a good book to encourage children to talk about important PHSE ideas. But first the book is about a tiger who knocks on a door and the mother and daughter invite the tiger in for tea. They offer the tiger a cake but the tiger eats all of them, the daughter then offers the tiger a cup of tea and the tiger drinks it all. The daughter offers the tiger a number of other food and drink but instead of taking one the tiger takes everything and then leaves. There is no foo ...more
Miriam
Mar 15, 2009 Miriam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Miriam by: Suzy Boyd of the Financial Times
Shelves: picture
Should a tiger come to tea,
it is scarce a tragedy.
Give him buns
two or three --
or ten --
and should he come again
we'll resupply with grub.
But first -- let's to the pub.
Deborah Malaponti
The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a lovely book about a little girl called Sophie. While Sophie and her mother are sitting down to tea one afternoon, there is a knock on the door and Sophie goes to open the door. Standing there is a big hungry tiger. The tiger asks if he can join them for tea and they accept. The big, furry, stripy tiger eats all the sandwiches, all the buns and all the cakes. He drinks all the milk and juice. The tiger also eats Daddy’s tea. He eats everything remaining in the house ...more
Kay
Sophie is having tea with her mummy when there is a knock at the door. Knowing it wouldn't be the milkman, the grocer of daddy they wondered who it would be. A delightful story about a big, furry, stripy, but very hungry tiger, who asked to come in for tea. Mummy said yes. Having eaten all of the sandwiches, the tiger ate the buns, drank the tea and the milk. Still hungry he goes in search around the kitchen for something else to eat, devouring everything he can find including the dinner, the fr ...more
Liam Mernagh
"The Tiger Who Came To Tea" is a short children's story written and illustrated by Judith Kerr. The book concerns a girl called Sophie, her mother, and a tiger who interrupts their afternoon tea one day. The Tiger eats all the food that Sophie and her mother were having for tea as well as drinking all the tea. But he’s still hungry and thirsty and ends up eating all the food and drink in the house along with daddy’s supper. With that, the humorous tiger has had enough and decides to go home. Whe ...more
Chloe Avery
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a book about a girl called Sophie, her mother and an unexpected tiger who comes to tea. However, to their astonishment they find that their guest is eating his way through everything in the kitchen until there is nothing left for them to eat. When Sophie’s dad comes home to find there is no food or drink left they decided to the café for tea. Sophie hopes that the tiger comes back the next day so buys some tiger food but he ne
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Alexander
The Tiger who came to tea as a title already gives the basic plot. The main character is a little girl called Sophie who is eating tea with her Mum. Then the doorbell rings to the surprise of Mum and a Tiger asks if he can stay for tea. Mum allows the Tiger in but he eats all the sandwiches, buns, biscuits, cake, milk, tea and anything he can find! After the Tiger leaves there is no food left for the father when he comes home from work. Also Sophie can’t have a bath as the Tiger drank all the w ...more
Sarfraz
This is a story about a tiger; a tiger so hungry he shows up on the doorstep of a house where he is greeted by a little girl named Sophie and her mother. The tiger asks if he can have tea with them and is allowed in. When he is offered a sandwich he eats all of them from the plate, he does the same with the same with the buns and the milk. He then decides to explore the house eating and drinking everything that he can find. The mother is shocked but Sophie is fascinated by the big furry tiger. T ...more
Joanne
This book is about a little girl called Sophie who was having tea in the kitchen with her mummy. Suddenly the doorbell rings and Sophie opens it to find a tiger there. The tiger explains he is very hungry and so Sophie and her mummy invite him in for some food. The tiger is very hungry and eats all of the food on the kitchen table and drinks all of the tea that has been made. Furthermore the tiger continues eating all of the food in the kitchen cupboards and drinking everything he can find, incl ...more
Makeba Nugent

I really love this book and enjoy reading it with my daughter. It is quite an infectious read. The day I bought this book for my daughter, it became her bed time story for the next week and she didn't get bored! (Neither did I!) In fact, she enjoyed the fact that she knew what was about to happen as she turned each page. This book is a clear example of the beauty of children's literature. In that the most unbelievable events can occur in a real life setting. Such as: hearing the "doorbell...[rin
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Fariha
This book is about a greedy tiger who makes himself feel a little too much at home when he is invited to tea; the tiger attempts to eat and drink everything he can find! The reader is left wondering what will happen next: Is the tiger capable of eating everything? Will there be anything left for anyone else to eat? Will the tiger ever leave? This book creates that element of surpise for the reader as it is not clear exactly how the story will end so of course the reader will want to find out!

Thi
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Tyresha
A classic since 1968 and certainly one I enjoyed at school myself is Judith Kerr's The Tiger who came to tea.

Kerr tells the story of Sophie having tea with her mother when she gets an unexpected knock at the door. Who could it be? A tiger perhaps? You could only imagine what it would be like to have a tiger round for tea!

Kerr takes what is perceived as a scary character (the tiger) and places him in a normal everyday life setting (dinner table) which gives a sense of building up to a climax as
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Tahmin Nessa
'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' is a lovely picture book aimed at young children. The story is a bout an unexpected guest who arrives at Sophie’s house during tea time. The doorbell rings and Sophie and her mum wonder who it could be, the Postman? The milkman? Or Dad? During this particular part of the story children in the Early Years and KS1 can be asked to guess who they think have. To Sophie and her Mum’s surprise it is a very hungry tiger, who messes up the house and eats and drink everything w ...more
Leanne Lynch
‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, a book by Judith Kerr, is amongst those classics that we all remember reading as a child. The story is created around a girl named Sophie and her mother, who end up with an enormous tiger with an enormous appetite as a guest for tea. The tiger eats and drinks everything in sight- including Daddy’s beer, whatever will Mummy cook for Daddy’s tea now?

The story is written in simple language, making it ideal for an EYFS or KS1 setting. The use of repetition and punctuatio
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Aisling Mc Morrow
'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' is a nice picture book for young children. The text is quite large and the illustrations convey exactly what is happening in the story at a particular time.
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mum are about to have their tea. They wonder who could it be? It could not be the milkman, or the boy from the grocer or Daddy. They are surprised to find a huge tiger at the door. They bring him in for tea. The friendly tiger eats all the sandwiches, all the buns, all the
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Shaun
This book was briefly read and discussed with fellow UEL students in an RE lecture and since read independently. I have highlighted this story as one to read in my second school based training within a reception class.

Initially, the front cover is exciting, fascinating and one that would leave children and adults alike to open that first page and continue reading. This for me is the sign of a great book which grabs its reader at first sight.

Main character Sophie is interrupted by a knock at th
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Laura Black
This book is a classic and was one of my favourites as a child. Despite having first been published in 1968, I have seen copies in both of my placement schools.
The story, as the title suggests is about a tiger who comes to tea. He visits a little girl called Sophie who is at home with her Mummy and they are both very hospitablewhen the tiger knocks on their door.
The tiger all but eats Sophie and her mummy out of house and home so that by the time he leaves, there us no food left in the cupboards
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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Kerr :

Judith Kerr is a German-born British writer and illustrator who has created both enduring picture books such as the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea and acclaimed novels for older children such as the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit which give a child's-eye view of the Second World War.

Kerr was born in Berlin but left Germany wi
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Out of the Hitler Time, #1) Mog the Forgetful Cat The Other Way Round (Out of the Hitler Time, #2) A Small Person Far Away (Out of the Hitler Time, #3) When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit / Bombs on Aunt Dainty

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