Much-loved author and illustrator Judith Kerr continued to work on her final book right up until a few weeks before her death, in May, at the age of 95.
Now The Curse of the School Rabbit, which is dedicated to her two grandchildren, is finally published this week and features Judith’s trademark wit, warmth and style, as well as beautiful illustrations in black and white pencil that will delight younger readers.
The charming story revolves around a school rabbit named Snowflake, who comes to stay – and immediately spells trouble for Tommy.
Snowflake pees on famous actor Mr Strong’s trouser leg, then nearly gets attacked by savage dogs while out walking with Tommy, before escaping through a gap in the hedge. But luckily for Tommy, a chance encounter with Uncle Mike in the fog while looking for Snowflake, gives him the idea for a new film about a rabbit.
Berlin-born Judith Kerr arrived in Britain aged 12 after escaping the Nazis and travelling through Switzerland and France. She wrote about her early life in her semi-autobiographical trilogy, Out of the Hitler Time, which includes the well-known novel, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.
Judith, who was awarded an OBE for her services to children’s literature and Holocaust education in 2012, studied at the Central School of Art and later worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC.
Her first book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, which was written as a bedtime story for her daughter, Tacy, after a visit to the zoo, was published in 1968 and celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. She also became well-known for her long-running Mog series about a forgetful and accident-prone cat.
The Curse of the School Rabbit by Judith Kerr is published by Harper Collins Children’s Books, priced £12.99. Available from July 11.
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