Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!: An Animal Poem for Each Day of the Year selected by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup


Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!: An Animal Poem for Each Day of the Year selected by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup. Nosy Crow, Candlewick, c2020, 2021. 9781536217186

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

Format: Hardcover poetry

What did you like about the book? This bold and beautiful anthology of poetry belongs on every shelf. The book is slightly oversized with a startling cover. A bright orange tiger bursts through the darkened underbrush just waiting for us to open the volume. Inside, after a masterful introduction from Louise Bolongaro of Nosy Crow, are jillions of poems all about animals and sorted by the days of the year. There is a full assortment of poets from all over the world and a full assortment of poetry types. Illustrations by Britta Teckentrup are brilliant and authentic but don’t interfere with the space that the poetry should hold. Heavy and bright, this is one to own. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a great poetry anthology in and of itself but also could be paired with other anthologies like Talking Like the Rain, selected by X.J. and Dorothy Kennedy or Poetry by Heart compiled by Liz Attenborough.

Who should buy this book? Anyone aged 0-100 and libraries both public and school

Where would you shelve it? Poetry section (811)

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes. It’s so beautiful you at least have to look through it.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: October 23, 2021

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