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There's astonishing news for the birds of the city: A tiger is arriving on the very next bus! Two little birds should be scared--their friend has tried to warn them that you can never trust a tiger. But they've never met a tiger before, and after all, could a tiger who sings and dances so nicely really be that bad? A close encounter just may teach them all a thing or two! This modern day cautionary tale features delightful art that pops off the pages, boisterous humor and an appealing die-cut cover, making it ...
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There's astonishing news for the birds of the city: A tiger is arriving on the very next bus! Two little birds should be scared--their friend has tried to warn them that you can never trust a tiger. But they've never met a tiger before, and after all, could a tiger who sings and dances so nicely really be that bad? A close encounter just may teach them all a thing or two! This modern day cautionary tale features delightful art that pops off the pages, boisterous humor and an appealing die-cut cover, making it irresistible for kids of all ages.

About the Author: Dave Horowitz also wrote and illustrated The Ugly Pumpkin and Soon, Baboon, Soon. He lives in Rosendale, New York.

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The adage "forewarned is forearmed" rings true in this charming tale that appeals to the stubborn inner child in everyone. Horowitz (The Ugly Pumpkin) speaks volumes through a marriage of rhyming, witty text and wacky illustrations, especially the clever die-cut cover of this paper-over-board book, literally showcasing a tiger's open mouth. When birds-of-a-feather friends Chirp and Burp receive news of the imminent arrival of a tiger, they choose to ignore the sage advice of a fellow bird ("Listen... if you wish to be healthy and live a long while;/ Always beware of a tiger who smiles!"). Horowitz's less-than-subtle humor shines forth with newspaper headlines trumpeting the tiger's appearance, plastered all over the windows of the very bus on which he rides, and the striped cat's halo as he vows never to eat the quivering birds. Once the beaked buddies realize his true intentions, the birds suddenly get smart ("It just goes to show you can't trust your eyes, for a tiger who smiles will also tell lies"). Until the arrival of the next predator . Parents of children who must always see things for themselves will surely appreciate this knowing tale. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
Despite the dire warnings of a local blackbird, trusting bird friends Chirp and Birp are skeptical of the prediction that "A tiger is coming, haven't you heard?" responding, "A tiger in the city? Let's not be absurd." On the very next bus, though, a tricky tiger arrives, luring in Chirp and Birp with a song and dance number and smile that grows increasingly wide—until it threatens to swallow them up! Chirp and Birp learn their lesson, and soon enlist a predator of their own for the next go-round. Horowitz's broad humor (he recommends reading this urban fable in a New York accent) is echoed by the simple, brightly colored cartoon paintings and speech bubbles that make up the illustrations. Children will likely be as drawn in by the engaging cover art (depicting some fierce teeth encircling a die-cut portrait of the blissfully ignorant duo) as Chirp and Birp are by the charismatic tiger.
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Horowitz gives an ancient cautionary fable a modern urban setting, jazzed up with a toothy, die-cut open mouth on the cover. Two little birds, sitting on a curb snacking from a can of gourmet worms, laugh off a warning that a tiger is coming. Then the bus pulls up, and off steps a smiling tiger with sinister mustachios, who dances and sings as his smile grows wider and wider, until, "Well, what do you know? / You just can't trust a tiger!" Placing cut-paper figures against bright monochrome backgrounds, Horowitz keeps the visuals as simple as the plot-but adds a twist at the end by allowing the birds not only to survive, but to triumph thanks to a special friend: "never trust a tiger's smile . . . unless you know a crocodile!" The author recommends that this be read in a "New York accent," but its point will be evident to most readers without the hint. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399245084
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/5/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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Dave Horowitz

Dave Horowitz wrote and illustrated Beware of Tigers, The Ugly Pumpkin and Soon, Baboon, Soon. He lives in Rosendale, New York.
Dave Horowitz wrote and illustrated Beware of Tigers, The Ugly Pumpkin and Soon, Baboon, Soon. He lives in Rosendale, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2008

    i love this book

    Two little birds are warned about the danger of tigers, but how can they resist a charming, singing, dancing tiger? That kind of tiger comes with the next bus into town and tricks them to not fear him. Then he openes his mouth to eat them ... Once the silly birds realize his true nature, they finally get smart and try to escape. Luckily, their friend - an alligator - is here to protect them. The dancing tiger suddently loses the appetite, because that alligator seems to be a bit too interested in HIM! Now the charming tiger tries to run away. In the funniest part of the story, the wicked tiger is caught by the alligator who swallows him! The two birds finally learn not trust to strangers, especially if stranger is a tiger...

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