judith-kerrHarperCollins Children’s Books is thrilled to announce the acquisition of a new picture book from much-loved author and illustrator, Judith Kerr, who celebrated her 94th birthday last week.


Katinka’s Tail will publish on 19th October 2017 in hardback and is inspired by Judith’s very own cat, Katinka. This glorious new book is set to be another classic and is brimming with Judith’s trademark warm humour and exquisitely imaginative artwork. Katinka’s Tail tells the story of a perfectly ordinary cat with a not-so-ordinary tail, and takes the reader on a wondrous journey into a forest and on to the moon. Publication comes 47 years after we first met Judith’s first cat Mog, in Mog the Forgetful Cat.

Katinka is Judith Kerr’s ninth cat. It was Judith’s surprise at the bizarre things that cats do that inspired her bestselling Mog stories and now this story about her latest cat. Judith says of Katinka, ‘She is a ridiculous-looking white cat with a tabby tail that looks as though it belonged to somebody else.’

katinkaAt 94 years-old, Judith Kerr, who was recently awarded the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award, continues to write and illustrate stories for readers young and old. In December 2015, Mog’s Christmas Calamity was published in association with Sainsbury’s, selling over half a million copies and raising over 1 million pounds for Save the Children’s literacy campaign. On the week of publication, it was the fastest selling book in the industry, reaching No. 1 in the overall book charts for four weeks and making it the bestselling picture book of 2015. Her books have sold over 10 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages.

Executive Publisher, Ann-Janine Murtagh commented: “It’s an absolute joy and a privilege to publish Judith Kerr. She is a simply extraordinary picture book creator – the vitality of this new tale with its whimsical wit and beautifully observed illustrations of Katinka and her rather delightful owner sees Judith on absolutely top form! I am quite simply over the moon with the wonder that she has delivered in Katinka’s Tail !”


About the Author

Judith was born in Berlin, but came to England with her family when she was twelve, after escaping the rising Nazi party. She wrote about her early life in her autobiographical trilogy, Out of the Hitler Time. Judith studied at the Central School of Art and later worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. Her life and career were documented in an Alan Yentob/ Imagine Programme, Hitler, the Tiger and Me, broadcast on the BBC in 2013, the year of her 90th birthday. Her childhood drawings, rescued by her mother when her family was forced to flee the Nazis, were recently featured in a BBC Antiques Roadshow Holocaust special. In 2012, Judith was awarded an OBE for her services to children’s literature and Holocaust education.