Tiger Tiger – Jonny Lambert


61okhba50bl     Tiger Tiger – Jonny Lambert, Tiger Tales, (9781680100440), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Books

What did you like about the book?  Mama Tiger leaves an older Tiger in charge of Cub.  ‘’Ugh!’ sighed Tiger. ‘I’m too old for cub-sitting.’”  At first, Tiger tries to get Cub to stay in one place while he takes a nap, but that doesn’t last very long.  The rambunctious Cub wants to explore and reluctantly Tiger must follow along.  Fun action and sound words “Dart!Dash! Run!” and  “Chitter-chatter! Screech!” accompany their journey.  Cub is full of wonder and excitement and spouts little rhymes: “‘But Tiger, Tiger, there’s more to see! Look up! Way up! High up in the tree!’”  Soon, Tiger is won over and begin to view the jungle through Cub’s eyes.  By the end of the story, both Tiger and Cub have had a wonderful adventure and are now the best of friends.  The beautiful collage illustrations put the vivid orange Tiger and Cub against a jungle background in varying  shades of green.  Readers will see lots of animals among the leaves including birds and chameleons in addition to the butterflies, monkeys, rhinos, and deer that Tiger and Cub encounter.  This is a great choice for an intergenerational read aloud.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  The text sometimes rhymes and sometimes does not, which can be awkward in a few places, but overall it’s a delight.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a fun book to read aloud during and intergenerational story time.  Children who enjoy stories about tigers and jungle animals will love this one, too.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries, elementary school and pre-school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/28/17             

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