Have you ever wanted to step into the world of a book you love? This fall, people in Great Britain will be able to enjoy refreshments in the famous yellow kitchen from The Tiger Who Came to Tea, one of the country’s most popular picture books—as beloved as Goodnight Moon is in America. Imagine if you could sleep over in the Great Green Room—for British kids, that’s what having tea in the tiger’s kitchen will be like.
It’s not really the tiger’s kitchen. The book begins with a human girl named Sophie and her mom sitting down for tea. (It’s true that British people like to drink tea, but late-afternoon teatime is really an excuse to eat cookies, muffins, little sandwiches, berries, and other treats.) Suddenly, the doorbell rings. Sophie goes to see who it is and—true, the book’s title is a spoiler—it turns out to be a tiger who knows how to sit properly at a kitchen table and say all the right things that people say at tea. Unfortunately, he still has a normal tiger’s appetite and ends up eating all the teatime treats, drinking all the tea, and eating and drinking everything else in the kitchen, including that night’s supper and—ahem—“daddy’s beer.”