Katinka’s Tail Review and Judith Kerr Giveaway

Katinka’s Tail Review and Judith Kerr Giveaway

Judith Kerr, OBE, is a beloved children’s writer and illustrator. She is famous for such classic titles as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. Some may remember the 2015 Sainsbury’s Christmas advert, based on a story about one of her most famous characters, Mog the cat. Her latest story, Katinka’s Tail, is a warm and charming picture book that will delight younger children and it is another classic in the making. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Katinka’s Tail, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog The Forgetful Cat, simply enter via the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.

Judith Kerr, OBE

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape from the Nazis. They arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. She was awarded the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. She celebrated her 90th birthday in 2013 and is still writing and illustrating books which delight children around the world.

We were sent a copy of Katinka’s Tail to review and Biggest and Littlest just about span the ideal age range for the book. They both love reading, and Biggest has just started reading a little bit independently when we have story-time together. I knew that Katinka’s Tail would be a book that we could all enjoy together, and I was not disappointed.

Katinka's Tail - The back of the book showing Katinka and her owner

Katinka’s Tail

Katinka is a perfectly ordinary pussycat, apart from one thing – her tail. The story is told from the perspective of Katinka’s owner, an elderly lady, who we may assume to be similar to the writer. The story is a simple one, told straightforwardly.  It is clear that Katinka is a beloved and helpful pet and companion. The positive feelings and messages stand out on every page. Katinka and the narrator look after one another.

An illustration from the book - Katinka the cat checks her owner's shoes for spiders - Katinka's Tail

Many people who see Katinka remark on her tail, because it is a different colour and pattern to the rest of her. There is a subtle message here about how we treat those who stand out a little. This is an extremely welcome theme for us. Biggest may not have something as obviously visual to make him stand out, but it is often clear that he is different. The book uses wonderfully simple language to convey the idea that different equals special, not peculiar, and it does it in a way that even very small children can understand.

Of course, as it happens, there is more to Katinka’s tail than meets the eye. Both Biggest and Littlest loved the story. It also enabled me to have more meaningful conversations about how and why people are different, particularly with Biggest. Littlest loved the idea of a cat with a hint of magic. Biggest, who loves the incongruous and absurd, liked the idea of a cat with a tail that does not match and who ‘helps’ her owner get dressed. The illustrations, much like the story itself, are simple but full of wonder.

An illustration from the book - floating animals

The Verdict

Katinka’s Tail is a heart-warming story. It addresses how we view differences with charm. I think it would make the perfect gift for any younger children, especially at Christmas, with its positive message and magical conclusion.

Mother and children, a small girl and boy, reading the book Katinka's Tail by Judith Kerr

Win Three Judith Kerr Books

If you would like to win both Katinka’s Tail, and two more of Judith Kerr’s most loved children’s books, you can enter via the Rafflecopter below. Please note, terms and conditions apply and can be found in Rafflecopter. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday the 3rd of December. Good luck!

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 Katinka's Tail - Close up of illustration from Katinka's Tail - a deer and a hedgehog

Please note, this is a paid collaboration with Harper Collins. However, all words and opinions are my own and this is an honest review of the book. Links to purchase the books are affiliate links. This means we earn a small commission if you buy.

61 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    16th November 2017 / 7:31 pm

    KATINKA’S TAIL because the cat is the image of our cat, Snowy!

  2. Lorraine Stone
    16th November 2017 / 8:34 pm

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea, because it is a magical, fun story

  3. Solange
    16th November 2017 / 10:52 pm

    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

  4. Margaret GALLAGHER
    16th November 2017 / 11:56 pm

    The tiger who came to tea makes reading fun -its our favourite book

  5. Karen watt
    17th November 2017 / 8:05 am

    Would love the tiger who came to tea

  6. Ray Dodds
    17th November 2017 / 8:49 am

    The Tiger who came to tea

  7. Victoria Cattanach
    17th November 2017 / 9:31 am

    Without a doubt the tiger that came to tea!! The generations of giggles that have came from the tiger drinking “Daddy’s beer” is just magical!!

  8. Ashleigh Allan
    17th November 2017 / 7:22 pm

    The tiger who came to tea. I remember my mum reading it to me too!

  9. Rachel Craig
    17th November 2017 / 8:57 pm

    I haven’t read Katinka’s Tail, but sounds like when I do, it may become my favourite. Sounds great from the information given above.

  10. Kathryn Hill
    17th November 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I love The Tiger Who Came to Tea!

  11. Dana park
    17th November 2017 / 9:52 pm

    The tiger who came to tea. I would love to read this with my daughter who has started to read. Lovely story!

  12. Anthony Harrington
    17th November 2017 / 10:06 pm

    we liked The Tiger Who Came for Tea, would like this book for my little Grandson, thanks

  13. stuart hargreaves
    18th November 2017 / 7:51 am

    The TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, ANY OF HER BOOKS WILL DO THEY ARE SO GREAT

  14. Helen Stratton
    18th November 2017 / 9:44 am

    The Tiger Who Came To Tea – We will be buying this for our first grand-daughter this year as all the kids have loved it.

  15. Margaret Clarkson
    18th November 2017 / 10:02 am

    “The Tiger who came to tea” is my favourite, it is a lovely. delightful story.

  16. Kelly Hirst
    18th November 2017 / 10:15 am

    The Tiger who came to tea is my absolute favourite- I’d love to win these for my nephew

  17. Sarah Dunne
    18th November 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Mog’s Christmas!
    I had these books as a child and would love for my children to experience the joy that I did at a young age!

  18. Emma
    18th November 2017 / 3:19 pm

    The Tiger who came to tea 🙂

  19. Hannah Wallington
    18th November 2017 / 4:19 pm

    My kids love the tiger who came to rea

  20. fiona waterworth
    18th November 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Mog’s Christmas as we love all the mogs books, and I would give it to my grandson

  21. 19th November 2017 / 10:06 am

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea, because it brings back memories!

  22. Sarah Forster
    19th November 2017 / 10:28 am

    Mog the Forgetful Cat is our favourite, but we really want to add to our collection!

  23. Heather Hibbert
    19th November 2017 / 9:06 pm

    The tiger who came to tea, we read it almost every night to my stepson

  24. Laura Walker
    20th November 2017 / 12:51 am

    The tiger who came to tea is a favourite of my sons

  25. Jo Hutchinson
    20th November 2017 / 4:20 am

    The Tiger who came to tea

  26. Judith Allen
    20th November 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I can only pick one? No, that can’t be right. I really loved reading the Tiger who came to tea with my daughter when she was little, it drank all daddy’s beer you know! I read When Hitler stole pink rabbit just the other year, and really recommend it. If you buy it for children, then read it first so you are ready to talk about it.

  27. kRIS
    21st November 2017 / 12:03 pm

    The Tiger who came to tea

  28. Victoria Prince
    21st November 2017 / 2:58 pm

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea 🙂 because it’s one of my all time favourite children’s books, I just love the story and have many fond memories of reading it and having it read to me

  29. Jo McPherson
    21st November 2017 / 3:21 pm

    The Tiger Who Came To Tea

  30. Angela Boucher
    21st November 2017 / 7:13 pm

    I love Mog’s Christmas, such a lovely festive book.

  31. leanne weir
    21st November 2017 / 8:28 pm

    The tiger who came to tea

  32. Angie McDonald
    22nd November 2017 / 10:26 am

    My favourite is MOG!

  33. Kim M
    22nd November 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Used to read The Tiger Who Came For Tea to my daughter – we loved the illustrations x

  34. Katie Skeoch
    23rd November 2017 / 12:21 am

    Mog & Barnaby was a childhood favourite!

  35. Alison Johnson
    23rd November 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I love pretty much all the Mog Books, but although it made me cry Goodbye, Mog was a wonderful book & helped so much when out cat was run over & helped our son to explain the loss.

  36. Ray Becker
    25th November 2017 / 8:05 am

    The Tiger Who Came To Tea our grandson loves it

  37. kelly L
    25th November 2017 / 11:18 am

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea is our favourite!

  38. Ruth Harwood
    25th November 2017 / 11:48 am

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea – a long term fave xx

  39. Lynsey Buchanan
    26th November 2017 / 6:59 am

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea

  40. Rachel Butterworth
    26th November 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Any of the Mog books for my niece. I used to love the cartoon.

  41. Sally Collingwood
    29th November 2017 / 2:38 pm

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea, my grandson loves it so do I!

  42. Sheri Darby
    30th November 2017 / 5:48 pm

    We just love Mog – we have a cat just like her.

  43. Cassandra Mayers
    30th November 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Has to be The Tiger who came to tea 🙂

  44. dana
    2nd December 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Mog the Forgetful Cat is my favourite and the children’s too

  45. Kev Cannon
    2nd December 2017 / 7:18 pm

    I loved The Tiger Who Came To Tea when I was young and I’d love to give a copy to my neice so she can enjoy it too

  46. Rebecca Powell
    2nd December 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I love The Tiger Who Came To Tea

  47. Laura Pritchard
    2nd December 2017 / 8:59 pm

    I adore the Tiger who came to Tea!

  48. Laura Corrall
    2nd December 2017 / 9:22 pm

    We absolutely love The tiger who came to tea, although Katina’s Tail sounds lovely and I’m sure we will love this book too.

  49. Lynn Neal
    2nd December 2017 / 10:55 pm

    The Tiger who came to tea is my favourite!

  50. ellie spider
    3rd December 2017 / 12:37 am

    We have only read the tiger who came to tea 🙂 so that has to be our fave but this one sounds brilliant too

  51. Sarah Austin
    3rd December 2017 / 8:02 am

    The Tiger who came to tea – I’d like to read this to my god son!

  52. francis lee
    3rd December 2017 / 9:45 am

    The hungry catapillar is our fave in our household.

  53. Sam Parkes
    3rd December 2017 / 9:56 am

    Mog and all his adventures, childhood favorite of mine to

  54. Allan Fullarton
    3rd December 2017 / 10:06 am

    The Tiger who came to tea

  55. janine atkin
    3rd December 2017 / 11:48 am

    i love the tiger who came to tea. id give it to my nephew. i know hed love it

  56. paula cheadle
    3rd December 2017 / 3:06 pm

    The tiger who came to tea is fab, would love to read this book too

  57. carol boffey
    3rd December 2017 / 3:15 pm

    the tiger who came to tea

  58. Adrian Bold
    3rd December 2017 / 3:25 pm

    I love The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

  59. Tee Simpson
    3rd December 2017 / 7:29 pm

    I love the tiger eho came to tea. Its always bern a favourite for my kids as it makes them giggle

  60. Susan Martin
    3rd December 2017 / 9:58 pm

    I got the book Mog’s Christmas in the late 70s in my stocking and have always loved it since then.

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