Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It’s a Tiger (by David LaRochelle)

Summary of It’s a Tiger (by David LaRochelle):
A young boy imagines he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at each turn. 

Sample Text:
Are you ready for a story?
Me too.

We’ll start in the jungle
where the tall trees grow
and the monkeys swing
from vine to vine.

Wait a minute.
That’s not a monkey.
That looks like ….

(turn page)


It’s a Tiger is a fantastic read!  Youngsters will enjoy it because they are active participants in the protagonist’s quest for a story.  At each prompt, they can recite “A Tiger!” or “A Tiger! Run!”   As the story concludes, the boy realizes that the Tiger does not want to eat anyone.  He is only yawning. The boy scratches his belly and ears as he begins to tell him a story.  It, too, begins in the jungle but with a new antagonists—A crocodile! 

Artist Jeremy Tankard uses vivid colors contrasted with dark tones to create the jungle landscape.  With each new scene, he creatively incorporates the tiger—allowing young readers to find him.  This book is sure to delight young listeners ages 1-7.  

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  1. Looks like a great book. Adding it to my list for tomorrow's library run.

  2. We had this one from the library within the past few months's a great one!

  3. Thank you for such a great review of my book! I agree, Jeremy Tankard's illustrations are fantastic. In case any teachers or librarians are interested, you can download a free teaching guide plus extension activities at my website:

    Again, thanks for such kind words about "It's a Tiger!"

    David LaRochelle

  4. I came over to thank you for the suggestions for Hogwash and When Cows Came Home and ended up ordering a bunch of books from my library! I think you just gained a new follower.


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