Ravi’s Roar by Tom Percival. Bloomsbury Children’s Press, 9781547603008, 2019
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? In this book, Ravi becomes so angry that he turns into a tiger. It shows extreme emotions in a light and accessible way for young children. After apologizing, Ravi feels better and turns back into the young boy he is, and also his family quickly forgives him. The use of color in the illustrations highlights feelings, with some parts black-and-white, some parts full color, and some parts black-and-white with a single color. Most young children will be able to relate to the experiences Ravi has (not being able to do something because he’s too small, running out of his favorite ice cream flavor, etc), and his brown skin will help some readers connect without it being a focus of the story.
Anything you did not like about the book. I would have liked to see Ravi try some strategies to not become as angry and turn into a tiger in the future. After Ravi sees what happens when he becomes as angry as he did, “that was the last time that Ravi ever turned into a tiger” but it’s usually not that easy for kids.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a good social emotional book to read with kids and talk about feelings, especially anger. It would be good to read with a child after they were angry to help them understand how their body is feeling in those moments and to discuss how their reactions can be perceived by others. Read-alike with Tom Percival’s other social-emotional books like Perfectly Norman and Ruby’s Worry.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians, teachers, caregivers
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts
Date of review: April 7, 2020