Hello, Tiger! by Sam Boughton

Hello, Tiger! by Sam Boughton. Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2021. 9781536217155

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

Format: Board Book

What did you like about the book?  Another great non fiction board book by this author. Full of flaps and folds to lift, this interactive book introduces kids to “amazing” jungle animals such as the gorilla, the tiger, and the sloth, among others. The adorable mixed media illustrations are extremely appealing. I like that there are just a few facts per animal, and labels of carnivore or omnivore. Facts are about camouflage, diet and size, which are relatable to toddlers. There are nearly equal numbers of Black and White kids happily investigating the animals. The playful but easily readable font (Hello Mr. Font) mimics hand printing. A fun book for kids who are curious about the jungle.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Not a criticism, but caregivers should be prepared to talk about “the circle of life,” as the spread on anacondas explains that they “use their long body to squeeze their prey to death!”

To whom would you recommend this book?  For families that like to read informative materials to their youngsters ages 2-5.

Who should buy this book? Daycare centers and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Board books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: September 29, 2021

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