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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – September 3, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316200638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316200639
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–Mr. Tiger lives in a perfectly fine world of prim and proper ladies and gentlemen. One day, the stiff suits, dainty teas, and Victorian manners begin to bore him… and he has a very wild idea. This “it's okay to be different” story stands out from other picture books on the topic thanks to Brown's delightfully clever illustrations and masterful compositions. From the tiger-striped cover that begs to be petted to the ingenious pops of bright orange (Brown's new signature color?) amid muted browns and grays, the award-winning illustrator does not disappoint. Children will appreciate Mr. Tiger's transformation and the way his friends eventually accept his (and their own) uniqueness. Several wordless spreads encourage audience participation while subtle visual clues gently build his character. A full spread featuring the newly liberated Mr. Tiger au naturel is delivered with pitch-perfect comedic timing and is guaranteed to inspire wild giggles. Sure to be an instant read-aloud classic in classrooms and libraries.–Kiera Parrott, Darien Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Opening endpapers of orderly gray bricks introduce a community of proper Victorian animals getting about their business with smileless politesse. But Mr. Tiger, his bright-orange face a sore thumb among the elephant grays and mule-deer browns, dreams of freedom. First, he drops to all fours. His neighbors are nonplussed. Then, he rampages and roars. His neighbors are frightened. Finally, he gets naked. The village members suggest he head into the wilderness, which he thinks is a “magnificent idea.” He loves the wilderness, with all its wildness, but, in time, he misses the city and his friends. He returns only to discover that things have loosened to a happy medium. He dons some aloha attire, and all is right with the world. Closing endpapers of haphazard greenery celebrate the welcome change. Brown highlights the differences between municipal propriety and savage abandon with color and composition. The city is all upright, sepia, rectilinear precision; the wild, sweeping vistas of lush, verdant paradise, and their final amalgam form a nice balance. With its skewed humor and untamed spirit, this joyous exploration of quasi-reverse anthropomorphism will delight listeners again and again. Preschool-Grade 2. --Thom Barthelmess

More About the Author

Peter Brown writes and illustrates books for young whippersnappers. He grew up in Hopewell, New Jersey, where he spent his time imagining and drawing silly characters. He studied Life Lessons at the School of Hard Knocks, and then got his B.F.A. in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

After college Peter moved to Brooklyn, New York and spent several years painting backgrounds for animated TV shows. And then in 2003 he got a book deal to write and illustrate his first picture book FLIGHT OF THE DODO, which is a story that involves bird case you're into that kind of thing. Since then he's written and illustrated three more picture books, and illustrated several other books for young whippersnappers. His books have been adapted into plays and animated short films, they have been translated into a dozen languages, and they include the 2010 E.B. White award winner, Children's Choice Award winner, and New York Times bestselling books THE CURIOUS GARDEN.

His books CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS, YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND! and his latest book, CREEPY CARROTS! are also New York Times bestsellers and award winners. CREEPY CARROTS! written by Aaron Reynolds has also been named a 2013 Caldecott Honor book.

You can find out more about Peter and his books at

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Customer Reviews

She wants to read it every single night, and I actually enjoy reading it.
My 3 year 5 month old granddaughter loves to have this book read at bedtime.
Stephen M. Charme
Beautiful and stylish illustrations, and I love the story and the message.
Yvette B. Hills

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Hayes on September 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is about as close to perfection as anything gets in this world! I have been writing and illustrating children's books for over thirty years, so I'm in a position to know. Peter Brown's "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" may be the most exquisite example of a picture book I've ever seen. It's like a Master Class of the form. First, there's the story, which has the feel of a classic Little Golden Book -- playful, sweet, with a nice message. For most books that would be enough, but it doesn't stop there. The art is gorgeous. But it doesn't stop there. The pacing is flawless, with the wordless spreads just as significant as the text pages. Then, there's the placement of the type itself -- even "The End" is right where it should be. But it doesn't stop there. Fold back the dust jacket and you get a nice surprise that also conveys the theme of the story. I am in awe! If this doesn't win the Caldecott, nobody knows what they're doing anymore -- except, of course, for Peter Brown!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Cortez on September 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book arrived at just the perfect time last night! I was getting my 9 year-old son ready for bed and heard the doorbell. I quickly opened the box and handed it to him to read, though I purchased it to use in my teaching internship with Kindergarteners. It was through his first reading that I realized how absolutely perfect the book is. The pacing was spot on. The wordless pages occurred at just the right time. The muted colors and the bold, bright orange of Mr. Tiger add so much to the story. The illustrations do a superb job of serving the purpose that I believe they should in a children's book: to enhance the story. The story itself is so simple and lovely, and it says a lot that an almost 10 year old can enjoy it, even though I believe the intended audience is 4-8. I have read and re-read Mr. Tiger Goes Wild many times today and notice something new in the illustrations each time. So lovely! A perfect addition to a home library as well as a great resource to use in early childhood classrooms.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Here’s a fun exercise to liven up a gloomy day. Find yourself a copy of the picture book “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild”. Now turn to the publication page. It’s the green one opposite the title page at the beginning of the book. Now scroll down until you find the Library of Congress subject headings for this title. The very first one reads, “Self-actualization (Psychology)”. I am no cataloger, nor do I particularly mind it when they attribute terms of this sort to picture books, but anyone can see that this is a pretty amusing way to describe a book about a tiger with issues with civilization. It is rare to find a picture book this easy to love on sight, but author/illustrator Peter Brown is beginning to perfect his form. Hard to believe that the man who started out with “Flight of the Dodo” and “Chowder” has figured out how one goes about writing and illustrating modern day classics. With influences as diverse as Rousseau and 1960s Disney animators, Brown creates a wholly believable universe in a scant number of pages. Now prepare to turn said pages over and over and over again.

No one expected Mr. Tiger to be such a troublemaker. At first he was like everyone else. Sporting starched collars and silk top hats. Attending dignified tea parties and engaging in the usual chitchat about the weather that day. But Mr. Tiger is bored. “He wanted to loosen up. He wanted to have fun. He wanted to be… wild.” But wildness is not tolerated in the city, a fact Mr. Tiger discovers when his explorations into wildness involve pouncing across the rooftops, roaring in public, and going au naturel. It’s that final sin that has him dismissed from the city to the wilderness, where he gets to completely let go. It’s great for a time, but soon Mr. Tiger misses his friends and his home.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Psyche on October 7, 2013
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I had heard so much buzz about Mr. Tiger Goes Wild that I had to find out what all the excitement was about. Now that I've read the book and seen the artwork, I completely understand the buzz, the excitement and the Caldecott-worthy talk.

My little boy, who is almost five, is wild about Mr. Tiger. I, who am a good deal older than five, am also wild about Mr. Tiger. First of all, there is a story. A straight-forward, progressive, easy-to-follow story. And there is a twist, as there is in all good stories. And a most satisfying conclusion. And even, not so much a moral, but advice at the end. The text is well-chosen to define the characters and to propel the story forward.

The artwork is magnificent. My son, who can only read a few words on his own, including the "ROAR", could still tell me the story from the illustrations. The grey, contained city looks nothing like the lush, green wilderness. At least at first. By the end of the story, everyone is happy and that shows very clearly in the final illustrations.

My little boy read this book from cover to cover, including the end-papers and the jacket flap. He thinks Peter Brown is Mr. Tiger in disguise.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Suzan Deyhim on October 2, 2013
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"AGAIN". That's what our two year old said the first time after we read him "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild". The large format of the book, the striking images that tell the whole story along with the text was a story he could relate to in many ways, it held the attention of a two year old through many repetitions and that's a great complement for any children's book. The images of all the animals delighted him, but he understood the story emotionally as well. I would not ask that this book be a "lesson" in when it is appropriate to be "wild" or not... the strength of the book is in it's imaginative, fun, vivid images and the ease of connecting emotionally to the story even if a two year old doesn't understand all the words of the text, or the "message" of balance that is struck at the end. The images of the Tiger, throwing off his clothes, jumping into the fountain, and then "going wild" before finding himself alone in the forest (and then returning to the city, but with a different attitude) had the perfect balance of playfulness and style. This is a book that's going to be read over and over again.
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