A full-grown tiger might make a great best friend, but not every landlord wants to house one. Especially a crotchety, evil-looking old guy like Mr. Mildew Mud, who just bought the building at 33 River Street, where Jack and his Bengal best pal, Lily, live.
Jack and tiger Lily do everything together: stickball, tug-of-war, swinging, swimming in the river. But when canine-loving Mr. Mud and his bulldog, Fifi, move in, all the cats in the building get the bum's rush, includingespecially--Lily. ("That cat could scare someone!" cried Mr. Mud. "I want her gone by morning!") What are their rights? What can they do? Jack and Lily hit the books, studying everything from passive resistance to the life of Houdini (maybe they can make Mud disappear!). But it's a stroke of bad luck that gives Lily a chance to win over Mr. Mud--and maybe even Fifi.
New York-born Diane Goode seems right at home in 1930s Gotham, and her carefree kids and softly drawn, colorful details recall her excellent work on the Caldecott Honor-winning When I Was Young in the Mountains. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes
From Publishers Weekly
Curiosity saves the cat in Goode's (Where's Our Mama?; The Dinosaur's New Clothes) fluffy picture book about the adventures of a boy and his pet tiger in New York City. Young Jack and his tiger, Lily, are the best of friends. From hanging out on the front stoop to playing stickball and visiting the playground, they while away days full of good times. But everything changes when crabby, cat-hating Mr. Mud purchases Jack's apartment building and moves in upstairs. Mr. Mud demands that Jack get rid of Lily, who "could scare someone!" The crotchety landlord changes his tune, however, when Lily uses her instincts to catch a burglar in Mr. Mud's apartment. Goode's light-hearted story teeters between fantasy and reality, providing the kind of larger-than-life scenario that often springs from children's imaginations. The sweet, smiling faces of Jack and his young friends, as well as the almost comical scenes of tiger and boy scrubbing up in the tub, taking a swim and curling up in bed, sustain the cheerful mood. A pastel palette textured with cross-hatching, invites readers to a pristine-looking Big ~Apple of days gone by. Ages 3-up.
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