When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: 50th Anniversary edition

By Judith Kerr

This semi-autobiographical classic, written by the beloved Judith Kerr, tells the story of a Jewish family escaping Germany in the days before the Second World War.

This beautiful new hardback celebrates fifty years of an unforgettable adventure that Michael Morpurgo called “The most life-enhancing book you could ever wish to read.”

Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing, it became dangerous for some people to live in it any longer, and you found, to your surprise, that your own father was one of those people. This is what happened to Anna in 1933.

Anna is too busy with her schoolwork and tobogganing to listen to the talk of Hitler. But one day she and her brother Max are rushed out of Germany in alarming secrecy, away from everything they know. Their father is wanted by the Nazis. This is the start of a huge adventure, sometimes frightening, very often funny and always exciting.

Judith Kerr wrote When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit fifty years ago, based on her own journey, so that her own children would know where she came from and the lengths to which her parents went to keep her and her brother safe. It has gone on to become a beloved classic that is required reading for many children all over the world and is an unforgettable introduction to the real-life impact of the Second World War.

This commemorative hardback celebrates fifty years of this extraordinary story.

Format: Hardback
Ageband: 9 to 12
Release Date: 30 Sep 2021
Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-0-00-849660-9
Detailed Edition: 50th Anniversary edition
Judith Kerr OBE was born in Berlin. Her family left Germany in 1933 to escape the rising Nazi party, and came to England. She studied at the Central School of Art and later worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. Judith married the celebrated screenwriter Nigel Kneale in 1954. She left the BBC to look after their two children, who inspired her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Published in 1968, it has become a much-loved classic and perennial bestseller. Her second picture book was based on her beloved family cat and published in 1970, and Mog the Forgetful Cat became her second bestseller. Both titles have never been out of print in the more than fifty years since. Judith was awarded an OBE for services to children’s literature and holocaust education in 2012, the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, and named Illustrator of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2019. Judith died in 2019, and her stories continue to delight generations of children.

”'The most life-enhancing book you could ever wish to read.” - Michael Morpurgo

”'quite simply one of the most heartfelt, life-affirming books you could ever read.” - The Independent Children’s Book Blog

”'An extremely exciting adventure story.” - Daily Express

”'A charming and touching book, often very funny” - Daily Mail

”'Exact, intelligent and unsentimental.” - Sunday Telegraph