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Katinka’s Tail Book Review & Judith Kerr Giveaway

We all know Judith Kerr, OBE as the beloved writer and illustrator who brought us Mog, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the very moving When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. I already had my suspicions that Ms Kerr has a fondness for all things feline and her latest title has confirmed that. Katinka’s Tail is a heartwarming story about a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail. Katinka’s Tail has already been hailed as a classic in the making and I couldn’t agree more.

At the end of this review you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Mog, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Katinka’s Tail.


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Born in Germany, of Jewish background, Judith came to Britain with her family in 1933 amid the rise of the Nazis. Following the families escape from Germany Judith lived in several European countries before settling in London. Due to this slightly nomadic life Judith attended eleven different schools. Later she worked for the Red Cross during the war and married screenwriter Nigel Kneale, the couple remained in London and had two children. Throughout her exciting careers she’s worked as artist, a BBC television scriptwriter and, of course, as author and illustrator of children’s books. In 2012, Judith was awarded an OBE for her services to children’s literature and Holocaust education, and in 2016 she received the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award.

Luisa is almost two and a half, much to my delight she’s starting to show a fraction more patience and a longer attention span. This means we have been able to graduate from exclusively reading board books and enjoy a broader range of stories. Katinka’s Tail is exactly what you’d expect from a Judith Kerr title; it’s subtly profound and leaves a delicate but lasting paw print on your consciousness.


katinka's tail judith kerr review giveaway

katinka's tail judith kerr review giveaway


Katinka is a run of the mill cat, a friendly companion who is treasured by her owner, a kindly lady bearing a striking resemblance to Judith Kerr. There is, however, one thing which makes Katinka stand out, her tail is a different colour to her body. I gave a wry smile when I read how people often remarked on Katinka’s tail, as I knew where the author was going with this and I had a sneaky suspicion that there is more to Katinka’s tail that meets the eye.

I really enjoyed the subtlety with which Judith Kerr introduced the idea that our differences are what makes us special, not something which should divide us or be cause to single someone out. The message is conveyed delicately but firmly as the tale progresses, creating a good opportunity for parents to carry on the discussion after the story has come to an end.


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As ever the illustrations have a timeless charm which brought me right back to my own childhood. Luisa really enjoys pointing out the various antics Katinka got up to and especially loves the touch of magic towards the end.

Katinka’s Tail is a triumph, I’m confident that this delightful cat will be making her way into the hearts and homes of children all across the world this year. It would be an excellent choice for a Christmas gift and I’m sure we’ll be reading it as a family for many years to come.


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Win 3 Juidth Kerr Books



  1. 19th November 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Aww, this sounds like such a good book and bloomin’ heck, what a life Judith Kerr has had! The Tiger Who Came to Tea is officially my favourite kid’s book and we’ve been reading it to Lily since she was born. I’m going to have to whack this in my Amazon basket for her, we are buying tons of books this year and I know she’d be ALL over this! xx

    • Hannah
      19th November 2017 / 11:32 pm

      It is seriously the loveliest tale and the perfect length for the 2-5 age group. Lu tends to want to rush when we get 3/4 of the way through a story but this really held her attention. I didn’t want to give a tonne away but let’s just say there’s a surprise in store…

  2. Tracy Nixon
    20th November 2017 / 4:27 am

    A lovely book – we used to have a cat called Snowy who just looked like Katinka! I often tell my children how our other cat, Misty, came to have a bent tail after falling from a tree chasing Snowy – her tail broke in 3 parts!

  3. Solange
    20th November 2017 / 5:00 am

    Tiptoes the Mischievous Kitten.

  4. amy bondoc
    20th November 2017 / 5:20 am

    Any book of enid blytons, not matter how old i get i still love them

  5. stuart hargreaves
    20th November 2017 / 6:59 am

    The famous Five or Just william books – simple but enthraling

  6. Sarah Mackay
    20th November 2017 / 7:13 am

    The tiger who came to tea is a book I loved as a child and now my daughter loves

  7. Liz Slade
    20th November 2017 / 8:09 am

    I devoured anything by Enid Blyton

  8. Kathryn Hill
    20th November 2017 / 9:04 am

    It’s got to be the Narnia books. I adored them and they’re amazing for any generation!

  9. Lorraine Stone
    20th November 2017 / 9:53 am

    I used to read Ballet Shoes, still love that book

  10. Ren Taylor
    20th November 2017 / 1:31 pm

    I love Judith Kerr and we often read books like The Tiger Who Came to Tea

  11. Jean Cassell
    20th November 2017 / 1:46 pm

    The three billy goats Gruff because it’s scary but the good guys win in the end

  12. Laura Rowland
    20th November 2017 / 2:19 pm

    The puddle lane books, I think I had most of them and my mum kept them and I now have the pleasure of reading them all again with my two little girls

  13. Jennifer Lemaitre
    20th November 2017 / 4:51 pm

    Topsy and Tim books

  14. Heather Hibbert
    20th November 2017 / 5:31 pm

    The Harry Potter books, my brother has read them all too now

  15. Anthony Harrington
    20th November 2017 / 5:39 pm

    yes the Mr Men series and Paddington

  16. Sarah Forster
    20th November 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Two childhood favourites that I now read to my son are Peace At Last and The Tiger Who Came To Tea!

  17. laura banks
    20th November 2017 / 8:57 pm

    mervyn the mouse my mum read it when i was a kid

  18. ashleigh allan
    20th November 2017 / 9:32 pm

    The tiger who came to tea and dear zoo! The mog books too!

  19. Sue Bowden
    21st November 2017 / 8:20 am

    The little Match Girl x

  20. Amy Pest
    21st November 2017 / 2:05 pm

    we love the tiger who came for tea, my son loves to roar

  21. misty
    22nd November 2017 / 10:35 pm

    the kipper series

  22. June Lord
    25th November 2017 / 3:54 am

    The Old Woman and her Pig

  23. kRIS
    26th November 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Enid Blyton, because they are timeless

    27th November 2017 / 10:02 pm

    The classic Roald Dahl books – Matilda is our favourite in particular.

  25. LARA Latchem
    28th November 2017 / 1:30 pm

    The faraway tree was a favourite of mine as a child and now read it to my eldest

  26. Kat Allinson
    1st December 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I loved Winnie the Pooh as a child and love reading it to my children

  27. Dean T
    1st December 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Hansel & Gretel, a good witch story and cautionary tale like I had to suffer !

  28. Lynne Manton
    1st December 2017 / 8:13 pm

    All the traditional fairy tales like Cinderella. I love the ladybird versions.

  29. Farhana Chowdhury
    1st December 2017 / 10:09 pm

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea

  30. ellie spider
    2nd December 2017 / 1:12 am

    the famous five

  31. Laura Corrall
    2nd December 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Unfortunately no. When I was young I wasn’t a big reader. Now as an adult I love books and luckily this has spurred on my girls reading and their love of books.

  32. Sarah Ballantyne
    2nd December 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I loved my Storyteller tapes and magazines when I was a child. I was so pleased when I managed to find the magazines and the stories on CD to share with my daughters. We all love Gobbolino, Grogre the Ogre and Timbertwig.

  33. Jo McPherson
    2nd December 2017 / 8:28 pm

    The Mr Men books, we still have my original ones

  34. Yvette D
    3rd December 2017 / 6:47 am

    Town mouse and country mouse

  35. francis lee
    3rd December 2017 / 10:54 am

    The BFG is our fave

  36. Sam Parkes
    3rd December 2017 / 12:02 pm

    Matilda and all the other Ronald Dahl books, I was a big fan as a kid

  37. paula cheadle
    3rd December 2017 / 3:31 pm

    this sounds like a book that my grandkids would love to read

  38. Diana
    3rd December 2017 / 8:34 pm

    The Kipper books 🙂

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