'Tiger Who Came to Tea' Author Judith Kerr Dies Aged 95

25 Mai, 2019, 16:56 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Judith died at her home following a short illness

Children's author and TV personality David Walliams tweeted: "I am so sad to hear that Judith Kerr has died".

The death of one of the most popular authors of children's books in the 20th Century was announced by her publisher, Harper Collins, which said Kerr had died after a short illness.

Next was "Mog the Forgetful Cat" (1970), the first in what became a 17-book series about the antics of a mischievous, egg-loving moggy inspired by her own pet.

Composer Howard Goodall tweeted: "Adieu, beloved friend & neighbour, bonus grandmum to our girls, gentle, wry, unique Judy".

Commenting on the book in 2011, The Telegraph wrote: "For all the depth of underlying emotion, there's a celebratory feel to it, an unfeigned lightness of spirit that, throughout her life, has been a great boon". She once told me that the place she felt happiest was in her workroom.

Tributes have flooded in for the much-loved author, with Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp among the people paying tribute to Kerr.

"Judith Kerr's archive, spanning over seventy years of illustrations, is housed at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books, and she was named Illustrator of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019 last week".

"She came to visit our offices frequently - always bringing her books in person; often arriving on the number 9 bus and leaving us all full of laughter and in awe of her astonishing zest for life and absolute commitment to delivering the very best books for children". "She was a lovely person, a creator of delight, and her life is a reminder of why Europe is and should be one place, our home".

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Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child said she was a "huge admirer of her work, as a writer and an illustrator".

"Her characters and books have delighted generations of children and provided some of the first and fondest reading memories of childhood."

Having escaped the Nazis as a child, she told her life story in the autobiographical novel When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and spoke thoughtfully in her late years about her experience as a refugee.

BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis once asked Kerr if there was any layered meaning beneath The Tiger Who Came to Tea, but was set straight by the author.

Her father, Alfred, was a Jewish theatre critic and satirical writer, who fled to Zurich in 1933, followed soon after by his wife Julia and two children, Michael and Judith.

She is survived by her children Matthew and Tacy and her grandchildren.

Kerr was appointed OBE in 2012 for her services to children's literature and Holocaust education.

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