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Tiger Can't Sleep Hardcover – January 19, 2006

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Waiting is a big part of childhood. Waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen. However, now a child sets the stage and pulls the strings in a timeless, heartfelt picture book about imaginative play, friendship, and surprises. Paperback | More for ages 3-5

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PreSchool-Grade 2–With lots of fun sound effects and multiple opportunities for voice modulation, this book begs to be read aloud. The story opens with an illustration of a boy snoozing in his bed. Suddenly, he sits up and clutches the covers to his chin. A night-light illuminates the room, revealing an open closet door. He explains, I cant sleep because theres a tiger in my closet… After hearing a Crunch! Crunch! Crunch! he adds, …a tiger in my closet eating potato chips! As the antics continue, the child takes charge, repeatedly telling the big cat to quiet down. Each time, the creature apologizes, promises to be silent, and then proceeds on to the next noisy activity. When the boy hears a Boo-hoo, he discovers that Tiger is afraid of the dark and invites the animal into his bed. This story about nighttime fears features a youngster who takes on the role of an adult, while the childlike animal playfully refuses to settle down. The heavily shadowed closet interior contrasts sharply with the colorful and exuberant images of Tiger doing multiple tasks simultaneously, and the narrators delightfully expressive body language continues the comic relief. Pair this tale with Mercer Mayers Theres a Nightmare in My Closet (Dial, 1968) for an empowering storytime.–Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 1. This upbeat entry in the something's-in-my-closet subgenre of bedtime picture books pairs a little boy who actually wants to sleep with a hyperactive, scared-of-the-dark tiger who keeps the child awake with his noisy shenanigans. Crunching potato chips, turning cartwheels, clicking the light on and off--everything seems like a good idea to the tiger in the closet, and each new activity offers a satisfying sound-word for young children to enjoy. The simply written story is amplified by Alley's energetic ink drawings, washed with cheerful colors. In both words and pictures, the boy's demeanor will go a long way toward reassuring preschoolers with baseless night fright that they can handle whatever oddities their closets may hold. Fun for reading aloud, by daylight or night-light. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (January 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067006078X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670060788
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Abel on March 9, 2006
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Our library read this book as part of it's story time and my daughter loves it. We checked it out and read it every day. It has great sounds to read together, from the tiger eating chips to the little boy telling him to be quiet. The pictures are nice to read and it just is a great story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Smith on September 19, 2008
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Cute story and illustrations. It sort of remind me of Calvin and Hobbes for some reason. This is a good night time story - my 3-year-old really enjoys it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Dendekker on September 30, 2008
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My husband and I take turns reading this book to our 4 & 5 year old children at bed-time. It is a favorite for all of us. Any lessons aside, (not everything has to be about lessons, sometimes it can just be about fun), this book is especially fun when we become overly animated. The children play right along with us and in no time were wanting to take turns reciting some, and then all, of the pages. I can't wait for this author's next work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeeLee on August 31, 2010
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This is a very well-written book that engages the child not only in hearing the story but also interacting with the story. My 2 1/2 yr old grandson enjoys repeating the noises that Tiger makes on each page and picks up this book by himself and repeats the different noises on each page. Great story line and fun for kids of all ages!
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By Karen G. on August 23, 2008
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A little boy can't sleep because there is a tiger in his closet who keeps finding new ways to make noise. My girls love this book at bedtime. It is great for kids who are old enough to start seeing humor in books. They laugh at each new antic of the tiger, and I often hear them repeating phrases from the book throughout the day to their stuffed animals (such as, "Tiger! You are driving me crazy! No more noise!").

The book also provides an opportunity to show kids that they need to be quite at bedtime. And the onomotapoeia gives the kids a chance to "read along."

The pictures are friendly and, even though they take place in a darkened room at night with a tiger in the closet, are not frightening. The humor helps kids' imaginations turn toward the pleasant rather than the scary when they hear bumps in the night.
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My son absolutely loves this book!! He asks me to read it to him almost every night. He even waits for the action words so he can say them, and even interrupts me to chime in on the words of the book!! My only complaint about the book is that he often asks to sleep in my bed after reading it because that is what Tiger does at the end. If there is a book out there that encourages independent sleeping, I am all for it! But this one does the opposite! But so far, this book does help him see what night time is all about, the quietness, comfortness and how being noisy at night affects everyone!
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By N. Pierce on February 11, 2011
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What a creative and catchy book for children! My two year old grandson loves all things to do with lions and tigers and this is perfect. The boy is trying to sleep and the tiger is eating potato chips in the closet and the crunching keeps the boy awake. This is just the first cute episode between the boy and the tiger. The dialogue has repetition which kids love and the ending is delightful! the pictures are superb. We'll be enjoying this book for a long time.
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By Kerri Henderson on July 31, 2010
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My four year can quote this book now. She wants to read it over and over. And her older sisters don't mind reading it to her. It's a very funny, very cute story. Best young childrens book I've found yet. I really enjoy making the voices and and sounds to really animate the story. I have a blast reading this to my daughter, bought it for my nephew also. Even Granny's Dragon is a distant second to this one. It doesn't have to be a bedtime story.
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