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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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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

Unknown Binding, 32 pages
Published March 14th 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1968)
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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 actual time of the meal correlating with social class and location). The situation
Sep 23, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 30, 2011 ·Karen· rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 10, 2015 Liam rated it liked it
Read this when babysitting and it was just really lighthearted and fun!
Jun 13, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Thomas Edmund
Dec 30, 2016 Thomas Edmund rated it it was amazing
Oh my God. This Story. I can't work it out, is the tiger a fabrication between the mother and daughter, an excuse for eating the entire contents of the house and not leaving an for Dad? Except mother looks genuinely stressed by the events while Sophie seems to have an unhealthy bond with this tiger. IS this really a tale about child possession? Father has a very long suffering look about him when he returns and he seems to be selling his idea of eating out a little much.

Or worse, is the tiger re
Mar 15, 2009 Miriam rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 24, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star
A classic children's book from the author of Mog the Forgetful Cat. Beautifully illustrated, and a very amusing storyline about a friendly tiger who comes to tea one night and eats the family out of house and home. My son enjoyed looking at this book tonight; I'm sure it will be a lifelong favourite of his.
Nov 01, 2009 Emily rated it liked it
This one may eventually be moved off the "can't read to Tommy" shelf. The problem here was that the tiger eats all their food. That wasn't right! I cautiously tried it again last month, and we took it a little more stoically.
Sarah Sammis
Oct 12, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
J. Boo
Jun 26, 2016 J. Boo rated it really liked it
A dual garage sale was held by a pair of neighbors with older children, a need to declutter, and excellent taste in books - multiple titles that I vaguely recognized from friends' lists.

Anyway, this is a cute story of a tiger who came unexpectedly to tea, and ate everything. After it was read to her, DD (age 3), demanded an immediate reread, and then a third just before naptime. I had fun, too.
Oct 08, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2012
This is an entertaining story about a tiger who acts most decidedly improper at tea time. The narrative is short and silly and the illustrations scream of an older time.

I do not remember reading this book when I was a child, but it seems to be a tale that has remained popular over the years. We enjoyed reading it together.
Indrani Sen
Aug 08, 2016 Indrani Sen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
A sweeet lovely book for children. My niece is enjoying it very much with daily repeated reads. Even I (much grown-up) loved the sweet innocent story. The illustrations are very very nice.
Carina Mcdonagh
Mar 27, 2012 Carina Mcdonagh rated it it was amazing
'The Tiger who came to Tea' by Judith Kerr is one of my favourite children's stories. It tells the story of a tiger who knocks on Sophie's door one day and invites himself to tea. One of the aspects of the story that I like is how this astonishing event is told in a very ordinary, matter-of-fact way. Whilst at Sophie's house the tiger eats and drinks everything in sight, the family seem mildly surprised by this but once the tiger has politely taken his leave decide to go out for tea.

Despite the
Jan 10, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 08, 2012 Nwakaego Dee rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2011 Anjumanara rated it liked it
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
Jan 09, 2014 ABC rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
Is it bad that I kept expecting the tiger to eat the little girl next?
Oct 28, 2015 Karyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
So cute! Reminds me of the series of "If You Give". Always have loved this author and was so excited to read this. Loved every part of it from the story to the illustrations!
Jun 07, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing
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
Rebekah Shuffle
Sep 27, 2015 Rebekah Shuffle rated it liked it
The Tiger who came to tea is a book about a girl called Sophie who has tea with her mother but is interrupted midway by a large tiger who is extremely hungry and wanted to join Sophie and her mum for tea. The tiger came in and drank and ate everything, he even drank all the water in the tap and Sophie couldn’t have a bath. Finally the tiger left but left nothing for dad for dinner, so when dad came home he suggested they eat out. The next day Sophie bought tiger food just in case the tiger ever ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it
This is the story of Sophie, who is eating tea with her mummy, when there is a knock at the door. It's a tiger - a very polite tiger - who is hungry and wants to have tea with them. Totally unfazed, as if tigers who want to come to tea are an everyday occurrence, Sophie's mother says 'Of course, come in.' The tiger eats with them - he is very hungry and eats and drinks everything in the entire house (including daddy's beer and all the water in the tap) and then thanks them politely ('Thank you f ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Shaun rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2012 Sarfraz rated it really liked it
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
Leanne Lynch
May 04, 2012 Leanne Lynch rated it it was amazing
‘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
Laura Black
Jan 28, 2013 Laura Black rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 11, 2015 Qurat rated it really liked it
This is a delightful book to read, it is about a tiger who came to tea, and ate everything in the house. The characters in the story are; the tiger, and a family which includes, a mother, a father and a daughter named Sophie. The interesting aspect of the story is the way the author, Judith Kerr, portrays a bond between them and explores the fact that although the tiger is not a human, the family made him feel welcome. For example, the tiger had said ‘Excuse me, I’m very hungry. Do you think I c ...more
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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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