Book of the Week: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

November 25, 2013

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Images and text by Carter.

It’s about that time of year, when our littles may be donning fancy clothes and perfect manners and expected to be oh-so-proper. If you know exactly what I’m talking about, you have to see Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown. (Little ones, you say?! But what about the rest of us?! Read on, then, friends.)

  Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

So exists Mr. Tiger. Stuffed into a suit, with a perfect top hat perched above. When we meet him, we instantly know his pain. He’s miserable. He’s bored. He wants to be a wild animal. I think we’ve talked a little bit about page turns in picture books and their spectacular moments of suspense, right? When Mr. Tiger gets his wild idea, he bobs and repeats, lower on the page until – he’s on all fours. If you don’t let out a satisfied squeal at this page, you might need to check your heartbeat! It’s hilarious and clever, and you’ll find yourself rooting more than ever for Mr. Tiger. Even his eyes are wider, and a smile spreads across his striped face. This book is for anyone who feels better after a good ROAR!

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

P.S. – One of my unabashed obsessions about the form of the picture book is clever storytelling in its endpapers. Peter Brown’s art is brilliant here. The opening endpapers show layers of brick, the buildings of the city. At the end? Wide open green, the flora and fauna of freedom.

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Book of the Week: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
November 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

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1 Andrea November 25, 2013 at 8:16 am

Oh, we love this one! We checked it out from the library a couple of weeks ago, and my little guy couldn’t get enough of it. So much fun!


2 Bethany November 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

This looks very cute! Love the illustrations.


3 michelle November 25, 2013 at 9:09 am

I LOVE this book (and author)


4 Emily November 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm

GORGEOUS illustrations! And you’re right, I love the end pages, it is all in the details!


5 Amanda November 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm

We just got this book several weeks ago and LOVE it! I so appreciate your connection to the fancy-clothes season ahead. I also love that Mr. Tiger decides not to completely abandon his friends for total wildness. He makes a nice compromise to surround himself with great relationships that also evolve during the story. So great a lesson.


6 Julie Hedlund November 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Don’t forget the tiger skin cover underneath the “jacket.” It’s my favorite part. :-)


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