Reviews for Auntie Tiger

Kirkus Reviews 2008 December #2
After telling her squabbling daughters not to let in strangers, Mother goes to the village, but what should appear but a smiling, kerchief-clad tiger pretending to be "Auntie"? Big Sister detects Auntie's tiger-like characteristics, but stubborn and lazy Little Sister foolishly believes that the visitor is bringing good things to eat and opens the door to the wily tiger, who eats her. Quick-thinking Big Sister devises an ingenious way to kill the tiger and rescue her younger sister, paving the way to the usual happy ending. Lee's paintings depict a fantastic forest and interior scenes with details of rural Chinese dress and household furnishings, the human and animal characters displaying animated movements and cartoon-like expressions. The jacket flap notes that Yep has "adapted a Chinese tiger version" of "Little Red Riding Hood," but there are no substantive notes of the tale's provenance. The award-winning author's style adapts well to the brevity and pace of a traditional story, and this humorous take could well be a lead-in to the darker and far more intriguing Lon Po Po. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 January

K-Gr 3--In this retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" set in China, two squabbling sisters are left alone while their mother goes shopping. A tiger in disguise pretends to be their Auntie; Big Sister is suspicious of his deep voice and his orange and black hands, but Little Sister lets him in. He offers a treat to the one who will fan him, so Little Sister pushes her sibling out of the room to get it for herself. The tiger eats her, but the older girl is able to trick him and save her sister. The children's rivalry is set aside as they tell their mother of their adventure. Bright, energetic illustrations done in jewel tones bring this story to life. The cunning tiger with his large head, bulging eyes, and small pointy teeth is scarcely contained in three of the spreads. Pair this story with Ed Young's Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (Philomel, 1989), with its dark, menacing images, for an interesting storytime. This retelling will resonate with youngsters.--Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

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