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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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