This book is one of my favorite books in children’s literature. I know I have said this before, but it looks like I can’t make a real choice, and I don’t have to. I read a minimum of three stories each night to my daughter, and this is one of her favorites.
I find it so astonishing how much children remember. Every Christmas one of her presents is always a book, and we gave her this book two years ago, when she was only 2 years old. Yet she told me the other day: “I got this book for Christmas, do you remember mommy?” Well, yes I do. I bought it.
The Tiger who Came to Tea is a lovely simple story about a tiger who visits a family around dinnertime, and drinks all their drink and eats all their food. He even drinks all the water from the taps, so the child can’t even take a bath after he leaves. The only thing he does not eat is the people in the story. Which I find remarkable.
Now there is a theatrical adaptation of this story? I could hardly contain my excitement, especially when a colleague told me that his sons still remember this show, having seen it when very young. I’ll be taking my daughter. The show will run from September 6 till 9; for more information look here.
“This English-language play for kids is based on the picture book by Judith Kerr and was nominated for 2012 Olivier Award for Best Family Entertainment. The action kicks off when the doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!”