Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Tiger lets loose his roar and finds joy in gorgeous book.

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Educational value

Parents can help young children identify the different animals and perhaps talk about where each one would live in the wild.

Positive messages
Mr. Tiger's story celebrates the value of being yourself -- both for your own sake and for that of everyone around you. His bold actions help change life in his community for the better. Also, although everyone should enjoy their wild side, it's important to be respectful and considerate of other people.
 
Positive role models & representations
Mr. Tiger helps his friends rediscover what it means to have fun. He has the courage to act according to his heart. But Mr. Tiger doesn't veer toward selfishness: He respects his friends enough to take his wild behavior to a more suitable environment and comes to realize it's also important to be part of a community. His friends welcome him warmly and are inspired by his example.
 
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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that when Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, his friends and neighbors are taken aback by his wild ways. As they come to accept his wildness -- and their own -- they welcome him back with open arms.
 

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What's the story?

Mr. Tiger's bored with being proper. He's unhappy in his neat suit and top hat, exchanging banalities with his primly dressed friends. One day, he gets a wild idea: He drops to all fours, happily oblivious to the neighbors' stares. He grows increasingly wild, leaping and roaring about, and finally sheds his clothes altogether. Mr. Tiger is gloriously happy, but his friends sternly advise him to take his wildness to a more appropriate setting: the wilderness. Mr. Tiger happily obliges...but after some time he grows lonely. He ventures back to the city and happily discovers things have changed for the better in his absence. Finally, Mr. Tiger feels free to be himself.

Is it any good?

MR. TIGER GOES WILD is a fun, beautiful romp with a message that hits home with young children, who are learning when they can be wild and when they need to be reasonably well behaved. Author and illustrator Peter Brown evokes classic midcentury-modern illustrations. He sets the vibrantly orange Mr. Tiger against rigid, sepia-tone backdrops in the city and a riot of color and action in the wilderness. It's a delight to see his face soften from seriously put-out to giddily happy.
 
Children will giggle at the stiff, buttoned-down grownups, who sternly reprimand the children for acting "like wild animals." Be prepared for some roaring and romping after reading this one! Brown's website features a downloadable activity kit with crafts and games.
 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about when it's OK to be wild. When can you roar? When should you rein in your wildness?
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  • How does the artwork highlight how Mr. Tiger is different from the other animals?
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  • Where do you go when you want to relax and be wild?
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