By Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2013

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

From the wild mind of Caldecott Honor illustrator Peter Brown, creator of such treasures as “Children Make Terrible Pets” and “The Curious Garden,” comes a story about the foils of being prim, proper, and altogether too stuffy. Mr. Tiger has grown tiresome of his city’s civilized life and its civilized conversations, and wants to get a little wild. He discovers that it would be better to stand out as an individual rather than blend in, and he quite literally does so as the book’s illustrations move from monochromatic cityscapes to bright beautiful scenes in the wild. The message: be yourself! And be true to yourself. This is a moral that every kid will latch onto and every parent will appreciate, unless, perhaps, that kid wants to play naked in a public fountain. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $12.79)