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Tom the Tamer Hardcover – November 15, 2011
"This book is as warm and cozy as a Polar Bear chair. I want to live in this book and never leave it." --Judith Byron Schachner (Skippyjon Jones)
About the Author
Tjibbe Veldkamp(b. 1962) was working in psychology when he read an English children's book and discovered that he wanted to be a writer. He took part in a story competition and won. Veldkamp is now known as a champion of the picture book, but he has also written a number of original books for older children. Tjibbe won a ‘Flying Colors' Best Books for Children award and received the Children's Bookshop prize.Mr. Veldkamp often writes about children who are having a bad time and who have to solve their problems themselves. He likes to give children the feeling that they can do so and wants for his books to give them hope.
Philip Hopman(b. 1961) graduated from the Rietveld Art Academy in 1985. Since 1988, he has devoted his talents to illustrating picture books. So far he has illustrated over 120 children's books from Dutch and foreign authors.
Philip Hopman and Tjibbe Veldkamp have collaborated on many children's picture books. Among them areThe School Trip(also Lemniscaat) and22 Orphans, published in the U.S. by Kane/Miller and in seven other countries as well.22 Orphanswas awarded a Silver Brush (an prestigious Dutch award).
Top Customer Reviews
The problem is that no matter how creative Tom is in the development of activities for his animal friends, his father refuses to come outside and look at any of his new inventions. Tom's father is afraid of animals, even butterflies, so he stays indoors where it's safe. But wanting to spend time with his father, Tom comes up with another idea. He brings the animals indoors to him in the lieu of furniture. But will his masterful plan help conquer his father's fear of animals, or only add to it? Good intentions sometimes don't work out as planned, or do they?
Tom the Tamer is a fun and imaginative adventure that will delight readers ages 4 and up, with it's interesting 32 page tale on how to conquer a father's fear of animals. The author, Tjibbe Veldkamp, uses many different types of animals to accomplish Tom's goal from various climates and habitats, which young animal lovers will notice right away. This lends to the hilarity of the story, yet reinforces the fact that the story swims with fiction. The illustrator, Philip Hopman, has created charming illustrations that balance the text and fills it with life. Children of all ages will be able to live in Tom's imagination during the reading of the story and will relish in the outcome.
The illustrations are colorful and rich, and the story is original and unexpected (which, as a dad, helps me want to read this one again and again). Also, the story features a good handful of colorful, exotic animals that most children love to see.
I can easily recommend this book.