Mr. Tiger Goes Wild; Peter Brown
Boston Globe Horn Awards Books
Little Brown and Co - 2013
"It's okay to be different", is the message conveyed by this lovely book.
Poor Mr. Tiger, he lives his life with the prim, proper and stuffy crowd. Fine clothes, top hats and proper teas. Although he tries to go with the flow and be a proper tiger, he is very unhappy and bored. His bright orange color makes him stick out among the others and when he begins to "show his stripes", he is criticized by the others and they suggest he should go live in the wild. He takes the lead and asserts his independence heading for freedom.
While living out on his own beating to his own drummer is great for a while, Mr. Tiger soon begins to miss his friends and home. Returning home, he finds a happy in-between with more comfortable clothes and friends who also have become a little less "proper" thanks to Mr. Tiger.
This book is just so beautiful in both words and illustrations. The pacing of the story is perfect for the 2-4 age group and it is a story that even parents and grandparents won't mind reading again and again. The art work is gorgeous and the dust jacket so visually appealing. Underneath the hardboard is orange with tiger stripe -- so very cool.
Loved this one - you will as well. 5/5 stars