AND, because Amazon let me down on my pre-order of this book, I didn’t get my copy before I went to Peter’s event at the Tattered Cover in Denver. I bought one there so I could have it signed. Two days later, the Amazon copy arrived, which I am now going to give away to one lucky reader! See the end of the post for information on how to enter. ROAR!
Written and Illustrated by Peter Brown
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 3, 2013)
Suitable for: Ages 3-99
Themes/Topics: Self Discovery, Friendship, Self Acceptance, Self Expression, Individuality, Being Yourself,
Opening/Synopsis: From Amazon: Are you bored with being so proper? Do you want to have more fun? Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild. But does he go too far? From Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown comes a story that shows there’s a time and place for everything…even going wild.
This book is so new I haven’t found any “official” activities or lesson plans associated with it yet. However, I think the best activity is to ask children to write, tell or draw stories about times they felt or acted like Mr. Tiger. Peter, in his presentation to kids, talked about how, as a child, it was hard for him to settle down after playing kickball at recess. All children bristle sometimes at the multitude of rules they are expected to live by, and this story gives them a chance to act out some of those instincts in a safe way. Better yet, ask them to write, tell or draw stories about times they WISH they could act like Mr. Tiger. What a great outlet for kids to vent frustration and let their energy and silliness loose.
Why I Like This Book:
For a book so spare in text, Mr. Tiger spins a powerful tale about the importance of being true to yourself, even if it means breaking away from others’ expectations. The reason I listed the age range as 3-99 is because this story is equally relevant to adults who want to act on their innermost life dreams as it is to kids who are learning to live within the confines of what is expected of them. It’s a timeless parable. We can embrace our inner spirit, our wildness, our sense of adventure and creative freedom. At the same time, we also need to respect (and sometimes embrace) others’ points of view and life choices. Striking that balance, reaching compromise. Somehow Peter Brown has managed to create a book about the meaning of life in a way that children will understand. No small feat. And those illustrations!! Goodness.
But perhaps my favorite thing about this book is the treat that awaits under the dust jacket. I’m not going to tell you what that is, however, because I don’t want to ruin it for you. 😉
To win a copy of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, please leave a comment stating a time when you either acted on your wild impulses (keeping in mind this is a kid-friendly blog) or wished you had. I will choose a winner randomly and announce on Monday, September 16th. Good luck!Categories: 12 x 12 Featured Author, Authors, Children's Books, Giveaway, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books · Tags: 12 x 12, 12 x 12 Featured Author, Caldecott-Honor, Giveaway, Julie Hedlund, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Peter Brown, Picture Books