Spotlight on Judith Kerr

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Judith Kerr, author of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Judith Kerr’s birthplace was Berlin but she left Germany with her parents and her brother, Michael Kerr, in 1933, soon after the Nazis first came to power. They were forced to leave as her father, noted drama critic, journalist and screenwriter Alfred Kerr, had criticised¬† the Nazis where everyone could see.

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea front cover

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a bestselling childrens picture book by Judith Kerr, first published in 1968. Judith Kerr wrote and illustrated the book, and it is now an amazing live show. Judith Kerr was inspired to write The Tiger Who Came to Tea after visiting the zoo many times with her 3-year-old daughter, Tracy.

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Books that Judith Kerr has written, based on her own experience of being a refugee in World War II

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Bombs on Aunt Dainty by Judith Kerr

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Bombs on Aunt Dainty

A teenager in the Second World War, Anna’s life is hard enough. Money is scarce and Anna’s beloved family is classified as enemy aliens. That makes getting jobs an incredibly hard trial. So when Anna’s mother loses her job, life is just a matter of Anna coming home from her art classes and her mother telling her, before she even had the chance to ask ‘not this time’. In this collection of thoughtfully written sentences, I wondered whether Anna will ever lead a proper teenage love life, as there is a lot of description of the air raid sirens and food rationing. In the end Anna falls in love with her drawing teacher, John Cotmore. Personally I think that there could have been more time allocated to this section of Anna’s refugee life, after all, this is really the only part of the young teenagers life that is normal. It is funny how Anna and her older brother Max don’t express much fear at the air raids, only in one particular one. Bombs On Aunt Dainty is a sequel to When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, the first book in the series by Judith Kerr.¬† Judith Kerr has also written the book The Tiger Who Came to Tea and is still alive after living through the Second World War, fascinating!

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Bombs on Aunt Dainty by Judith Kerr