Baby book review: The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Baby Librarian Tilly reviews The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea book cover

Tilly reviews The Tiger Who Came to Tea

This book seems a little old-fashioned. I think that’s why my mummy likes it, because she is very very old. The book talks about things like the milkman and a boy from the grocer making deliveries and we don’t have that. But I don’t mind old things so that is fine. In this book a tiger knocks on Sophie’s door and he gets invited to tea. But then he eats EVERYTHING. All the sandwiches and buns and biscuits and cake and he even drank all the water out of the tap! When Daddy read the book he said the tiger was very rude and called him a bad word. I get it, though. Sometimes you’re just very hungry, you know? I liked the picture at the end of Sophie and her mummy and daddy eating at the cafe. They looked like they were having fun.

Jen reviews The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Tilly and The Tiger Who Came to Tea

To be honest, I think one of the main reasons I like this book is because I like reading about food. This is true of the adult books I read, so it should come as no surprise that this holds true for picture books too. This isn’t a rollicking, rhyming book for reading aloud, but it is a delightful and charming story. I feel transported into the home of a lovely British family, so polite they wouldn’t dream of turning away a tiger at their door, and not making a fuss when the tiger eats everything in sight. I also love the illustration of the family walking to dinner along the high street. They’re all bundled up as they walk past clothes shops and a toy shop, eventually eating a tea of sausages, chips, and ice cream in a cafe. I love everything about this book. Though I do admit my husband has a point: the tigerĀ is a bit rude.

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