I'm a Tiger, Too!

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Friends can be found in all sorts of places, if your imagination is big enough— in the yard, under the tree, by the pond. But as this handsome picture book shows, sometimes the best friend of all turns up when you least expect it.

A boy tries to play imaginative games with a cat, a dog, and a fish, but he does not find a cooperative playmate until he meets another boy.

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Overview

Friends can be found in all sorts of places, if your imagination is big enough— in the yard, under the tree, by the pond. But as this handsome picture book shows, sometimes the best friend of all turns up when you least expect it.

A boy tries to play imaginative games with a cat, a dog, and a fish, but he does not find a cooperative playmate until he meets another boy.

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Kirkus Reviews

Energy and imagination reign from the Irish author-illustrator of Lizzie and Skunk. . . . The soft, clean watercolors limn each transformation gently. . . . The landscape shimmers from backyard to moonlit forest to ocean and back again in a perfect sense of pretend

Booklist

Fitzpatrick’s lovely, splashy watercolors add volumes of meaning to a simple text.

School Library Journal

This charming story about the power of imagination and friendship opens with a young boy standing somewhat forlornly in his front yard near an obviously vacant house next door. . . . Lovely bright watercolors amplify this simple yet universal tale that is an excellent choice for story times.

Publishers Weekly

Fitzpatrick's luminous watercolors and just one to two sentences per page convey a thoughtful take on imagination, friendship and backyard adventure. The opening spread introduces the narrator standing against the brick wall that separates his house from one that's boarded up next door. "Hey, Mew!" he says to his cat, who is standing on the wall. "Are you a tiger? I'm a tiger too." A full-bleed illustration shows the boy and Mew lurking amidst ferns and tall grasses. Mew turns into a tiger; the boy sports stripes and fur (but retains his human characteristics). Framed vignettes on the next spread show the transformed pet running away. "Oh, don't go!" says the boy. "I don't want to be a tiger all alone." The pattern repeats as the boy imagines himself and his dog, Ruff, as wolves; he and Mr. Fish become a sailor and a dolphin in the backyard pond. A dramatic center spread of the forlorn boy standing against the imposing red brick signals the turning point: a series of four panels shows the boy peering over the wall, then opening its blue gate, to meet the new boy next door. The boy invites his new neighbor to play. "I'll be a tiger," he replies. "Then we'll be tigers two." Closing illustrations show the boys, both fully transformed, roaring and stomping through the grass.

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Fitzpatrick's (Lizzy and Skunk) luminous watercolors and just one to two sentences per page convey a thoughtful take on imagination, friendship and backyard adventure. The opening spread introduces the narrator standing against the brick wall that separates his house from one that's boarded up next door. "Hey, Mew!" he says to his cat, who is standing on the wall. "Are you a tiger? I'm a tiger too." A full-bleed illustration shows the boy and Mew lurking amidst ferns and tall grasses. Mew turns into a tiger; the boy sports stripes and fur (but retains his human characteristics). Framed vignettes on the next spread show the transformed pet running away. "Oh, don't go!" says the boy. "I don't want to be a tiger all alone." The pattern repeats as the boy imagines himself and his dog, Ruff, as wolves; he and Mr. Fish become a sailor and a dolphin in the backyard pond. A dramatic center spread of the forlorn boy standing against the imposing red brick signals the turning point: a series of four panels shows the boy peering over the wall, then opening its blue gate, to meet the new boy next door. The boy invites his new neighbor to play. "I'll be a tiger," he replies. "Then we'll be tigers two." Closing illustrations show the boys, both fully transformed, roaring and stomping through the grass. Ages 4-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
A little boy wants to spend the day pretending but has no one to play with but the neighborhood pets. He entices the cat to be a tiger with him, but the cat soon loses interest and scampers away. The dog becomes a wolf, and they both try howling at an imaginary moon. The dog soon tires and he, too, wanders away. Over at the pond, the little boy imagines that he and a goldfish are having a great sailing adventure, but the fish swims away. Dejected, the boy wanders about the neighborhood and soon hears children playing behind a large wall. A boy like himself comes through the gate and they wander off to pretend together. Beautiful watercolor illustrations add just the right ethereal quality to this short tale of the delights of imagination. 2001, Roaring Brook Press, $22.90 and $15.95. Ages 4 to 6. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger AGES: 4 5 6
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This charming story about the power of imagination and friendship opens with a young boy standing somewhat forlornly in his front yard near an obviously vacant house next door. His only companion is a cat sitting on the wall dividing the two properties. The youngster tries to engage the feline in a game of pretending that they are tigers, but the uncooperative animal runs away. The child doesn't fare any better with a dog and a fish that are respectively asked to be a wolf and a sailor. The disappointed lad rests against the lonely garden wall until activity next door rouses him from his melancholy. On the other side is a boy, a boy just like him, who willingly joins in the game. Lovely bright watercolors amplify this simple yet universal tale that is an excellent choice for storytimes.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Energy and imagination reign from the Irish author-illustrator of Lizzie and Skunk. A boy asks the cat on the brick wall next to his house if he's a tiger, and for a while, they are tigers together. The landscape and the protagonists transmogrify as the backyard becomes a lush jungle and the boy and the cat become striped. But then, "Oh, don't go! / I don't want to be a tiger all alone." Next, the boy asks his dog if he's a wolf, and boy and dog howl at the moon. The dog slinks away, too, and next a laundry basket and a fishpond turn the boy and a fish into sailors on the sea. But the fish goes and the boy is left alone by the brick wall once again. Meanwhile, on the other side of that wall, a family is moving in to an old house. There's a boy: "I'm a boy like you," he says, but our hero points out that he's a "Tiger-Wolf-Sailor on the Sea" and asks if he'll be a tiger, too. The new boy responds that "we'll be tigers two." The soft, clean watercolors limn each transformation gently: the boy is always wearing his T-shirt even when he's slightly furry and has wolf ears, or is striped and clawed. The landscape shimmers from backyard to moonlit forest to ocean and back again in a perfect sense of pretend. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761314981
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.56 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is the author/illustrator of Lizzy and Skunk, an SLJ Best Book of the Year, and You, Me, and the Big Blue Sea. She lives in Ireland.

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