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It's a Tiger! [Kindle Edition]

David LaRochelle , Jeremy Tankard
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kids and parents alike will rejoice in this lively read-aloud picture book, as the main character runs into (and away from) a tiger over and over again as the plot gets sillier and sillier. Perfect for acting out while reading, It's a Tiger! offers just the right amount of excitement without being too scary, and a sweet ending with a bit of a twist.

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K-Young imaginations will run wild with this story within a story of a young boy who escapes from a tiger over and over again in various outrageous land- and seascapes. Tankard's bold black lines, created with ink and digital media, frame the cartoonlike characters and allow the tiger's stripes to stand out strikingly when viewed from a storytime circle. Children will enjoy trying to spot the tiger's tail, which is often camouflaged within the background scenery, while the protagonist regularly shouts, "A TIGER!" displayed in large-type font. Teachers can use this book to lead their listening audiences in re-creating the boy's actions as he sometimes creeps and crawls, yet at other times he boldly races to the surprising conclusion. This tale will be a boon to creative minds everywhere and a participatory storytime winner.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"It's not easy to find picture books with this level of verbal and visual sophistication that manage to remain kid-friendly to even the littlest of lap readers." - The Boston Globe

"A boon to creative minds everywhere and a participatory storytime winner" - School Library Journal, starred review

"They'll love the repeated joke and the boy's startled face as he encounters the tiger in more and more ridiculous places." - GeekDad

"There will be shouts, giggles, and exclamations" - SavvyAuntie.com

"The colorful ink and digital images bring this picture book alive for listeners." - Library Media Connection

"An exciting reversal of hide-and-seek'" - Booklist

"The all-around best readaloud of the year, bar none as far as I can tell, has got to be It's a Tiger! " - Elizaebeth Bird, A Fuse#8 Production/School Library Journal blog

"It's a tiger, and it's sure to be a hit. " - Kirkus Reviews

"Bouncy prose with vivid illustrations" - The Wall Street Journal

"A very funny book that's guaranteed to entertain little ones." - BookingMama

"A popular storytime pick. " - Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 5550 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (August 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008YXQQCG
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tyger tyger burning bright . . . December 29, 2012
Format:Hardcover
There is an art to reading a picture book but I've not encountered many schools that actually teach that skill. Librarians will learn it in their graduate courses, of course, but what about parents and booksellers? Are they doomed to stumble through their readings without getting some of the insider tips and tricks? Yup, pretty much. The only thing you can really do is just recommend to them picture books that make reading aloud one-on-one or to large groups a painless experience. Books that have an inherent interior rhythm and logic that kids will naturally adhere to. So each and every year I sit and wait for those great picture book readalouds of the year. For 2012 I've seen a couple that lend themselves to groups. "Up, Tall and High" by Ethan Long is ideal for preschoolers. "Creepy Carrots!" by Aaron Reynolds is perfect for the 1st and 2nd graders. But the all-around best readaloud of the year, bar none as far as I can tell, has got to be "It's a Tiger!" A boon to librarians and booksellers looking for new storytime fare as well as parents and grandparents, David LaRochelle's latest is a hoot, a holler, and could even be called a hootenanny if you're so inclined to call it that.

So you're walking through the forest, minding your own business, checking out monkeys when you realize that the orange and black tail over there isn't a vine at all. It's a TIGER!! Like a shot you (which is to say, the boy in the book) take off lickety split. Still, it doesn't matter where you go. Whatever you do, that darned tiger seems to follow. Dark caves, ships at sea, desert islands, the tiger is everywhere!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New favorite story time read August 22, 2012
Format:Hardcover
When you open to the first page of It's a Tiger and the narrator asks "Are you ready for a story?" you just know this is going to be good. This book is made for group sharing as our young hero leads us through the jungle where we encounter snakes, bats, boats, and tigers. But does that tiger really want to eat us? That's the question that delivers some dramatic and funny moments that are sure to charm the socks off of any story time crowd. There is plenty of opportunity for the story reader to really ham it up with this one, and the ending delivers big.

This book is delightfully illustrated by Jeremy Tankard, and if you haven't discovered his work yet, you are in for a treat. It's a Tiger delivers his trademark bold colors and thick lined creations that are sure to engage even the most inattentive story listener. His characters offer up a level of humor and expressiveness that always makes me smile! They are a perfect pairing for a story that is energetic, fun filled and sure to please. Don't be afraid to cut loose with this one, and you will be guaranteed to have a story time audience roaring right along with you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but not entirely original August 22, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is a cute story, and fun to read aloud, but it's very reminiscent of the old Sesame Street audio sketch "Tiger Hunt" in which Ernie travels through different types of terrain, gets scared by a tiger, and finds out the tiger is not as scary as he thought it would be. It would be quite a coincidence if this author was not influenced by that sketch (which can be found on iTunes). However, the original is not available as a book or video, so this is a fun format to experience a similar "play-along" adventure. And it's not exactly the same, by any means. I just didn't find it as fresh as kids who aren't familiar with the audio sketch will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story August 25, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Love this book! My six year old wants it read every day. I put it away and she gets it back out! Also, as a former teacher I could see using it for 2/3 grades to write a continuation of this story with the new animal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tigers Everywhere! August 28, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very cute story about a boy and a tiger. My son really enjoyed the book over and over again. The illustrations are colorful and bright and there is lots to see on each page. Highly recommend. Also if you Google search the book you can find a fun activity that goes along with it. It has instructions on how to make your own tiger would of a paper bag and has print outs that you can color in. Lots of fun for a rainy afternoon!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super cute April 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a darling little story. My two month old and my ten year old alike love it!!
Thanks for writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for imaginations! May 15, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 22 month old granddaughter as a follow up to Sleep Like a Tiger, which she loves. We all enjoy this book! Great fun, imaginative story with fantastic illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story April 6, 2014
By Lorrie
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My granddaughter (21 mos.) was coming to visit, so we stopped at our local public library for about 10 books to read during her stay. The only one she wanted to read over and over again was "It's a Tiger!". We returned the books to the library afterwards. As her 2nd birthday was approaching, my daughter said "no more toys ~she has enough!" but maybe get her that "Tiger" book. I didn't have the exact title or author's name, but looking through my recycling I found the library receipt. I was so thankful - I found the correct title and called the library to get the author's name. She opened the book today and squealed with delight. She is able to repeat several of the words and the artwork is delightful. It is destined to be one of her favorite books and according to our local newspaper, the author just won another literary book award!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Perfect gift!
I've read this book probaly 100 times to my girls. They can't get enough of it. Great book for boys or girls! Perfect gift!
Published 9 days ago by JaneOfAllTrades
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
One of my kids favorite books!
Published 11 days ago by Shopping pro
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable!
Adorable story!

I read it with special needs elementary children and they were excited about it, and able to join. In during the repetitive parts. Read more
Published 16 days ago by C. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Fun
Our kids loved this book. It's exciting and fun. We all enjoyed the pictures. We want this book in our family library and to give it as gifts for our friends and family's little... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beth Swiger
5.0 out of 5 stars My 3-yr old grandson loves Tigers!
Originally, I picked this up from the library, but after one reading, I found my 3-yr old grandson 'reading' it....or at least what he remembered. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MAS in PacNW
5.0 out of 5 stars great story time pick
It's a Tiger is a great read aloud, especially with a group of children. They get very excited to be able to yell, It's a Tiger!! when you turn the page. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah J. Carlin
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
Loved the imagination. Loved the repetition and finding out the tiger was nice. My girl was able to anticipate the next step in the story
Published 7 months ago by McInnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Our new favorite kids book!
My 4 year old son checked this book out at the library earlier in the year. We read it over and over, so I knew that we had to have it for our home library. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Kid-approved
My first graders enjoyed it, and it pairs well with several other books in my collection. The illustrations are especially engaging for young people.
Published 9 months ago by R. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and fun book for a toddler.
My three year old son loves me reading this book to him every night before bed. It is an easy read that isn't tiresome to repeat nightly. The illustrations are great. Read more
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More About the Author

David LaRochelle has been writing and illustrating books since 1988. His books have won numerous awards, including the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award, and the Minnesota Book Award.

A former elementary school teacher, David enjoys solving puzzles, playing board games, and carving creative pumpkins, which you can view at his website www.davidlarochelle.com .

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