Tankard's (Piggy Bunny) artwork adds splash and color to this mock-suspense tale from LaRochelle (The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories), outlining the characters with heavy ink strokes and tinting them with brilliant jewel tones that make them look as if they were painted on glass or film. "Are you ready for a story? Me too," the narrator starts, as a boy in a blue jacket stands in for the narrator/reader "we." The Boy negotiates a series of Indiana Jones-style threats (tiptoeing past snakes, swinging across a canyon) only to find a tiger lurking after each page turn--which he always escapes in the knick of time. "Good thing we landed someplace soft. A bed of flowers?... A giant orange-and-black pillow? No, we landed on top of... a tiger!" No matter how scary the circumstances, the deadpan narrative voice reassures children that it's just a story, and the tiger's zigzag teeth and soft features imply that he might not be all that dangerous. The repetitive structure, action, frights, and surprise ending should make this a popular storytime pick. Ages 2-6. Illustrator's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Aug.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
PreS-K--Young imaginations will run wild with this story within a story of a young boy who escapes from a tiger over and over again in various outrageous land- and seascapes. Tankard's bold black lines, created with ink and digital media, frame the cartoonlike characters and allow the tiger's stripes to stand out strikingly when viewed from a storytime circle. Children will enjoy trying to spot the tiger's tail, which is often camouflaged within the background scenery, while the protagonist regularly shouts, "A TIGER!" displayed in large-type font. Teachers can use this book to lead their listening audiences in re-creating the boy's actions as he sometimes creeps and crawls, yet at other times he boldly races to the surprising conclusion. This tale will be a boon to creative minds everywhere and a participatory storytime winner.--Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA[Page 118]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PreS-K--In LaRochelle's lively and entertaining picture book (Chronicle, 2012), listeners will delight in helping the main character run away from a not-so-scary tiger who pops up unexpectedly--in a cave, on a ship, and even in a treasure chest--adding excitement and momentum to this fantastic read-aloud which includes a surprise twist at the end. Jeremy Tankard's bold and colorful ink and digital media illustrations complement the text, and the creative use of font adds a further bit of emotion and anticipation to the tale. Children will recognize the repeated phrase "A TIGER" and join in to make this a fun interactive experience. Noah Galvin narrates with just the right amount of inflection to his voice. Page-turn signals are optional. A fun story for kids to act out during story time, and a good choice for public library collections.--Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY[Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.