Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Once an author up and dies on us, it’s the perfect moment to attempt a read of that writer’s best known picture book. So it is that Judith Kerr was the perfect subject to consider for this episode. This is a book that ignores the rather good advice that, “If you’re in a picture book and a tiger says he’s hungry, run the other way.” Kate discovers that this may well be one of the MOST English picture book we’ve ever encountered. She also identifies this tiger as a brat as a cat and you KNOW how Kate feels about brats. Meanwhile, I share my Jeopardy suspicions, my goodness Daddy’s Guinness is gone, and we get to say the phrase “there is nothing Nazi about this tiger.”
- Here is an obituary for Judith Kerr for those of you with an interest in her life.
- Kate now collects what she calls “sassy suns” when they appear in picture books. The best thus far was spotted in The Little House. This one is a strong contender as well, we’re pleased to say.
- Girl is sporting some killer tights. How, I ask you, is Kate not charmed by these? I would own ten pairs of them if they came in an adult size.
- No. Really. What exactly IS “tea”?
- Kate is not wrong. I do like a good plaid pair of men’s pants. How many of you out there have ever watched The Good Neighbors (called The Good Life in England)? This guy is very Jerry.
- I was not expecting Kate’s venomous attitude towards the Tiger Food. But she’s not wrong. Whatever is in that tin, it ain’t something you want to see.
- As Kate says, this final image in the book renders her “confuzzled.” I admit I have to agree with her on this one.
- Here is the wacky Wikipedia entry I refer to. Clearly this is my favorite found about a children’s author thus far.
- You may have prayed I was making up this book. Alas. I was not. Clearly picture book parodies for adults are not solely an American idea. The Brits have their own versions.
- Here is Tell Me a Trudy. A sequel to Tell Me a Mitzi? Why have we never heard of this till now? Apparently it was released in 1977 and you’ll never guess who did the art. Aw, heck. I’ll tell you. Rosemary Wells.
- A thousand words of praise to Lark for these magnificent gifts. As you might remember from previous episodes, Kate identifies as Slytherin and I identify as Hufflepuff. Thank you, Lark!!!
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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