Friday, 26 August 2011

A Tiger Is Coming To Tea...

And I may be some time.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend!

If you're in London and in need of something to do during the final rainy week of the school holidays, then I suggest get down to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green and visit the Judith Kerr Retrospective: From The Tiger Who Came To Tea to Mog and Pink Rabbit.

Judith Kerr has written and illustrated many of the most popular children's picture books from the 1970s to the present day - who could not want to own grumpy but lovely cat, Mog, or have a tiger come to tea? She has also written three very interesting semi-biographical novels about escaping from Nazi Germany and moving to a new life in England via Switzerland and France. 

I visited the exhibition earlier this week and was in awe of all the beautiful original illustrations of some of my favourite books from my childhood. I wanted to take them home with me. The exhibition is very informative, particularly explaining how Kerr incorporated her own family and pets into the stories. Younger visitors can also pretend to have tea with a tiger or snuggle down in Mog's comfy basket. 

If you're interested in children's book illustration this exhibition should not be missed!

(Exhibition closes Sunday 4th September.)


  1. Oh we loved the tiger who came to tea when we were growing up, and my two-year-old niece loves it now! What a fun looking exhibition.

  2. Argh, so many exhibitions I want to see in London are finishing before I get there on the 23rd! I love Mog! Enjoy the bank hol xx

  3. That's a favourite book here from when the girlie was little. I would so love to have tea with that tiger but I'm over 200 miles away.

  4. I missed out on The Tiger and Mog while growing up; I will have to see if the books are available at the local library. I still love a good children's story!