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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Awards)) Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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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.
*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
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This book is perfect for young children because the text is minimal and keeps a good, steady pace. The word bubbles are also fun for kids to read and make it easier for younger children to follow the dialogue between Mr. Tiger and the others. The wordless pages also work well for children because it helps to fluidly convey Mr. Tiger’s transformation more visually throughout the story.
Upon starting the book we see Mr. Tiger in his city with all the other people who live there. Everyone stands upright and is dressed up in suits or dresses and looks like they’re just about ready for Sunday tea. However when we first see Mr. Tiger, he already seems as though he doesn’t quite belong. Between his bright orange color and the underwhelmed expression on his face he looks a bit out of place. We see Mr. Tiger going through his day to day interactions and activities which all seem a bit hum drum, until he gets a very “wild idea”. First we see Mr. Tiger in a double page spread down on all four paws and his friends don’t seem to care much for this. Then Mr. Tiger gets loud ad wants to “ROAR”, this slightly frightens the others in the city. Mr. Tigers gets progressively more wild and active as the pages turn and his friends are not quite sure what to think of it. Until one day… Mr. Tiger “went a little too far”. We see Mr. Tiger jump into a fountain and swim across to the other side only to come out in nothing but his birthday suit!! This is sure to cause a giggle; we turn we turn to another double page spread of Mr. Tiger but this time with no suit or top hat. The look on his face is priceless with a huge goofy smile and a tiger the way nature intended! However, no one else seemed to share in his joy and it was then suggested that if he was going to act so wild that he should go live in the wild, which he though was a great idea. Then after we see him playing in the river and climbing trees in the forest he begins to get lonely and misses his friends and his home. When Mr. Tiger returns home he is pleasantly surprised to see that not only do his friends openly welcome him back, but things have begun to change and shift toward a happy medium. Things ended well for Mr. Tiger.
I really enjoyed this book and could see it being a wonderful story for any child. Brown conveys a message that is important for everyone to know, which is that it is okay to be free and to be yourself. It’s good to be different even if it’s challenged sometimes. Now, I don’t know about taking all your clothes off and jumping into a fountain! However, it’s just funny and could easily be looked past. The overall message is simple, but it’s there and important for kids of all ages to understand.
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.
My son, now two years old, loves reading the story of Mr. Tiger and his desire to be "wild." I like that the story really celebrates that there is a little bit of wild or Mr. Tiger in all of us.
The illustrations in this book fit the story perfectly. They are colorful and captivating for the intended audience.
I am happy to have this book on our shelves.
Some books are just destined to be classics. This is one of them. I had a good laugh with my kids when Mr. Tiger takes things "too far". I also like the way he doesn't totally give up his old life. He just needs a change, and so he crosses over to the wild side for a bit.
This book is really cute and will appeal to kids ages 2 and up. Definitely a must-have book for any kid's home library!