Top Ten Judith Kerr Best Sellers

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Top Ten Judith Kerr Best Sellers

Judith Kerr OBE was a German-born British writer and illustrator whose books sold more than 10 million copies around the world. Writing to entertain her own little ones, she soon became one of the most successful children’s authors, attracting fans across the globe. So let’s take a look at ten of Kerr’s best sellers.

#1 The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The bestselling The Tiger Who Came to Tea (1968) was her first book. It tells the playful and imaginative story of how the everyday routine of a mother and her young daughter, Sophie, is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of a charming tiger. The roar-some tale became so popular that a theatre production of the same name is now touring the UK. So, if you’re looking for things to do in London with kids, don’t miss this family-friendly production.

#2 Mog the Forgetful Cat

Fifty years ago, everyone’s favourite family cat, Mog, first got into trouble for her forgetfulness, and she has been loved ever since for her funny and warm-hearted escapades. Mog the Forgetful Cat was the first of all the Mog stories, released in 1970.

#3 Mog’s Christmas

Nothing is right in Mog’s house. With strange noises, peculiar smells and a very large tree coming through the front door, Mog runs for the roof and there she stays… until she unexpectedly returns to the house with a bump. This charming tale, released in 1976, resonates with cat lovers worldwide.

#4 Mog and the Baby

Just two years after Mog’s Christmas, Mog and the Baby was published. Mog’s peaceful day is shattered when a baby comes to visit. All Mog wants to do is to sleep and play - but there’s no chance of that with a little one around.

#5 Mog in the Dark

One night, Mog’s imagination takes her on a hilarious twilight adventure to a land of fantastical creatures, but true to form, all Mog really wants is her supper! The Mog series is extensive, but this is certainly one of the best books to read with little ones.

#6 Goodbye Mog

Mog was tired. ‘I want to sleep forever,’ she thought. And so she did. But a little bit of her stayed awake to see what would happen next. Join the Thomas family as they say goodbye to their dear pet Mog, and get a new kitten. It could all be a disaster, but Mog is still there to help…

This is a somewhat sad but beautifully heart-warming tale.

#7 One Night in the Zoo

"One moonlit, magical night in the zoo

An elephant jumped in the air and flew.

But nobody knew."

One Night in the Zoo is an imaginative and educational picture book by Kerr which teaches little children how to count.

#8 My Henry

“It’s things we’ve never tried before

That are the greatest fun,

Like riding on a dinosaur,

Which I had never done.”

While this book touches on the sad topic of losing a loved one, it’s done with gentle humour and a sense of great joy as Henry’s wife imagines a host of adventures they can enjoy even if Henry is no longer around.

#9 The Crocodile Under the Bed

Matty is sick, and very sad because he's too sick to go to the Queen's birthday party! But when he gets an unexpected visitor, it seems that Matty might not miss out after all. This is an enchanting tale full of magic, which will more than likely inspire dreams full of big snake slides and tiger rides through the woods.

#10 When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Based on Judith Kerr’s real life experiences of escaping war-torn Germany, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit tells the tale of Anna who is far too busy tobogganing and playing with her favourite toy, Pink Rabbit, to listen to talk of Hitler. She hasn’t noticed that her country has become dangerous. Or that she might have to flee…

Celebrate Judith Kerr’s work in style with a trip to The Tiger Who Came to Tea live on stage. This is one of the best activities in London to enjoy this spring, so don’t miss out.


'This Tiger is the cat's meow'

The Times


'Perfectly pitched adaptation'

Daily Telegraph


'A delight from start to finish'

Time Out