Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild; Peter Brown

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



22 comments:

  1. That book looks beautiful and I love the message!

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    1. When I first saw it I was drawn to the colorful and well drawn illustrations, but I also love the message.

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  2. Lovely illustrations and an important message. Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog.

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  3. Yes, that sounds wonderful.

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  4. I really wanted this one to get some mention during Caldecott award time. I love this one, too.

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    1. Yes, I was disappointed that it didn't make Caldecott, but a book every library should consider.

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  5. the illustrations look darling and I love the "message"....I am one that has always marched to my own drummer so this particularly resonates with me, as well as the fact that you "had me at TIGER" lol

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  6. I love children's books like this one. The title alone got my attention. I'm sure my son would love it.

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  7. What a lovely message and a lovely book. I am going to buy this for one of my little nieces. Thanks Diane! Thanks also for stopping by and wishing me a happy birthday, I appreciated that very much and I wish you a great day also :)

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  8. Looks like a great one to add to my library for the grandkids.

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    1. LOL - I know how you feel. Shopping for kids books is as fun (if not more) than buying for ourselves.

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  9. I can see I will be ordering this one for the grandson! thanks for recommendation!

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  10. I love the vintage look of this artwork!

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  11. This one looks so sweet! I love finding new kids books for my nieces and nephews.

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