A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
No tiger facts, just good, imaginative scenarios of how to escape one. Shows where bats live: in a cave.
In a gentle way, acknowledges kids' (and other humans') fears, as in the bat cave scene: "I don't know about you, but those shadows are making me nervous."
Positive Role Models
The boy narrrator gets scared but is pretty fearless in his ability to outrun and outsmart the tiger. And he's a good problem-solver who figures out what's really going on with the tiger: "He doesn't want to eat us. He's just yawning. If we scratch his ears and belly, maybe he'll go to sleep." Kids, don't try this at home.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of fear of violence and some bared teeth, but no actual violence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that It's a Tiger! is a fun, exciting picture book about a little boy trying to escape a tiger that he keeps running into. The boy narrator is scared, but readers won't be; they'll be swept up in the action when he beathlessly shouts out instructions as if they're on the run with him, telling readers when to duck, run, jump, or hide: "Yikes! He's gaining on us! Our only chance is to leap for that rope ... and swing across this canyon. Now LET GO!"
Is It Any Good?
This silly, faux-scary adventure is perfect for read-aloud -- or maybe shout-aloud, as each time the tiger turns up, the type shifts to all-capitals, bold with an exclamation point. Jermy Tankard's bold illustrations, with both tiger and boy outlined in broad black strokes, capture the thrill of hide-and-seek, peek-a-boo, and tag on these colorful pages. And David LaRochelle's inviting text sweeps readers up in the action, with instructions like, "Hurry! Climb that ladder and we'll make our escape."
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