The Tiptoeing Tiger – Philippa Leathers

    The Tiptoeing Tiger – Philippa Leathers, Candlewick Press, (9780763688431), 2018.

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  In this adorable picture book, a young tiger tries his best to scare the other jungle animals. His older brother tells him that he is too little and clumsy to scare anyone but Little Tiger says, “I’m sleek, silent, and totally terrifying.”  Rising to the challenge, Little Tiger tiptoes through the jungle sneaking up on a warthog, an elephant and a group of monkeys.  Unfortunately, no one is scared by him.  Then Little Tiger comes to a pond and decides to try to scare a frog.  Leaning over the water, Little Tiger lets out a ferocious “ROAAARR!!!!” and finally does scare someone – himself!  The final wordless page shows a proud Little Tiger grinning from ear to ear. The charming and expressive illustrations, rendered in pencil and watercolor and combined digitally, are the perfect complement to the story.  This is a perfect read aloud for story times.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? This book will be a hit at story times with jungle themes or those dealing with self-esteem.  Sure to be a popular title.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary 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: 2/12/18            


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