Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Winner of the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book
Winner of the 2014 Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a gratifying parable about self-actualization, Mr. Tiger lives in a drab society where bipedal animals dressed in fairly Victorian apparel exchange terse salutations, while adhering to rules of etiquette. Though similarly attired in a handsome suit coat and top hat, Mr. Tiger disrupts Brown’s (You Will Be My Friend!) manicured spreads, which are colored in the ashy browns of daguerreotypes; he’s the color of a mango, has lime green eyes, and faces readers with an expression of barely constrained disgruntlement. Mr. Tiger mechanically runs through the motions (stiffly lifting his hat to greet Mr. Deer), but, “He wanted to loosen up. He wanted to have fun. He wanted to be... wild.” Mr. Tiger’s expression turns to delight as he scampers on all fours, sheds his clothes, and heads to the wilderness—“where he went completely wild!” His eventual return to civilization reveals that liberation is on the rise. Readers who prefer the view from underneath the dinner table will find a kindred soul in Brown’s brightly burning character who knows that the wilderness is always waiting, should the need arise. Ages 3–6. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Sept.)
The Horn Book

*"This is a book made for storytime, with its bold mixed-media illustrations that work almost like a storyboard moving left to right...The happy ending, almost a reverse of Where the Wild Things Are, includes everyone discovering the fun of being at least a little bit wild."
starred review Booklist
*"With its skewed humor and untamed spirit this joyous exploration of quasi-reverse anthropomorphism will delight listeners again and again."
From the Publisher
New York Times Bestseller
Amazon Best Children's Book of 2013
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Horn Book Fanfare
Booklist Editors' Choice
Kirkus Best Children's Book of the Year
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Picture Book Winner

*"This is a book made for storytime, with its bold mixed-media illustrations that work almost like a storyboard moving left to right...The happy ending, almost a reverse of Where the Wild Things Are, includes everyone discovering the fun of being at least a little bit wild."—The Horn Book, starred review

*"There's a lot to go wild for in this picture-book celebration of individuality and self-expression...Hooray for Mr. Tiger and his wild ways."—Kirkus, starred review

*"Readers who prefer the view from underneath the dinner table will find a kindred soul in Brown's brightly burning character who knows that the wilderness is always waiting, should the need arise."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"This "it's okay to be different" story stands out from other picture books on the topic thanks to Brown's delightfully clever illustrations and masterful compositions...Sure to be an instant read-aloud classic in classrooms and libraries."—School Library Journal, starred review

*"With its skewed humor and untamed spirit this joyous exploration of quasi-reverse anthropomorphism will delight listeners again and again."—Booklist, starred review

"Peter Brown depicts his hero as a bright pop of orange...gleefully escaping to a Rousseau-like tableau of dense ferns, soaring palms and cascading waterfalls."—New York Times Book Review

New York Times Book Review

"Peter Brown depicts his hero as a bright pop of orange...gleefully escaping to a Rousseau-like tableau of dense ferns, soaring palms and cascading waterfalls."

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Nattily dressed Mr. Tiger is bored with being proper in the up-tight city. One day he has a "wild idea." He goes down on all four feet, gets wilder and wilder, and then gives an enormous "ROAR!" But then he goes "a little too far." When he takes off all his clothes, his friends suggest that he should go wild in the wilderness, not the city. And so off he goes. But he is lonely there, so he returns to the city. To his happy surprise, things are changing there. All the other animals have decided to be themselves as well, making for a happy ending. The front end pages display a gray brick wall. Next we find a double page of a variety of very proper, well-dressed, stiffly stylized animals, painted in shades of gray and brown using India ink, watercolors, gouache and pencil and digitally manipulated. Mr. Tiger stands out among the other animals with his Amid sour orange face and paws. He stalks proudly across a double page, however, when he is undressed and on all fours. Note the contrasting rear end pages, and jacket versus cover. There is a moral to be found here as well. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Mr. Tiger lives in a perfectly fine world of prim and proper ladies and gentlemen. One day, the stiff suits, dainty teas, and Victorian manners begin to bore him… and he has a very wild idea. This "it's okay to be different" story stands out from other picture books on the topic thanks to Brown's delightfully clever illustrations and masterful compositions. From the tiger-striped cover that begs to be petted to the ingenious pops of bright orange (Brown's new signature color?) amid muted browns and grays, the award-winning illustrator does not disappoint. Children will appreciate Mr. Tiger's transformation and the way his friends eventually accept his (and their own) uniqueness. Several wordless spreads encourage audience participation while subtle visual clues gently build his character. A full spread featuring the newly liberated Mr. Tiger au naturel is delivered with pitch-perfect comedic timing and is guaranteed to inspire wild giggles. Sure to be an instant read-aloud classic in classrooms and libraries.—Kiera Parrott, Darien Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
There's a lot to go wild for in this picture-book celebration of individuality and self-expression. Mr. Tiger lives a peaceable, if repressed, life alongside other anthropomorphic animals in a monochromatic, dreadfully formal little town. All the other animals seem content with their stiff, dull lives, except for Mr. Tiger, whose bright coloring is a visual metaphor for his dissatisfaction. When child (animal) characters scamper by, a bipedal horse admonishes them, "Now, children, please do not act like wild animals." This plants a seed in Mr. Tiger's mind, and a few pages later, he embraces a quadruped stance. The spread following this wordless one makes great use of the gutter, positioning aghast townsfolk on the verso as Mr. Tiger proudly marches off the recto on all fours. This is just the beginning of his adoption of wild ways, however: He sheds his clothing, runs away to the wilderness, roars and generally runs amok. But, much like that other Wild Thing, Max, Mr. Tiger comes to miss his friends, his city and his home, and so he returns to find "that things were beginning to change." Ensuing pages show animals in various states of (un)dress, sometimes on all fours, sometimes on two feet, cavorting about in colorful settings, and (to paraphrase the closing lines) all feeling free to be themselves. Hooray for Mr. Tiger and his wild ways! (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316200639
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 21,891
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is www.peterbrownstudio.com.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    I had heard so much buzz about Mr. Tiger Goes Wild that I had to

    I had heard so much buzz about Mr. Tiger Goes Wild that I had to find out what all the excitement was about.  Now that I've read the book and seen the artwork, I completely understand the buzz, the excitement and the Caldecott-worthy talk.
    My little boy, who is almost five, is wild about Mr. Tiger.  I, who am a good deal older than five, am also wild about Mr. Tiger.  First of all, there is a story.  A straight-forward, progressive, easy-to-follow story.  And there is a twist, as there is in all good stories.  And a most satisfying conclusion.  And even, not so much a moral, but advice at the end.  The text is well-chosen to define the characters and to propel the story forward.
    The artwork is magnificent.  My son, who can only read a few words on his own, including the "ROAR", could still tell me the story from the illustrations.  The grey, contained city looks nothing like the lush, green wilderness.  At least at first.  By the end of the story, everyone is happy and that shows very clearly in the final illustrations.
    My little boy read this book from cover to cover, including the end-papers and the jacket flap.  He thinks Peter Brown is Mr. Tiger in disguise.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

    Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, written by Peter Brown, is a cute children's story with an excellent message and beautiful illustrations. Mr. Tiger lives in a world where everyone is proper all the time and, well, a tad boring. There's a lot of gray instead of fun and color. One day, Mr. Tiger decides to loosen up a little and each day he gets a little more wild. His friends and others around him do not know how to handle Mr. Tiger's new-found freedom and wildness. They tell him that if he is going to act like that, then he needs to go live in the wilderness. Mr. Tiger enjoys his new life at first, but then he becomes lonely and decides to return home. When Mr. Tiger returns home, he is in for a surprise and realizes that he can be just who he is. 

    This is an excellent children's book to teach young readers the importance of feeling comfortable with who you are; and finding that balance of being yourself and fitting into society and with one's friends. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild is a beautiful hardcover book filled with amazing illustrations. These illustrations reflect the emotions that Mr. Tiger is feeling and how he feels he fits in (or does not fit in) with the rest of society. There are a few words to each page as well, and that really seems to draw attention to the illustrations, connecting the words with the images. Overall, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild is a masterpiece and a book that should be shared with every child, no matter how young or old.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

    The artwork in this book is stunning. It reminds me of John Klas

    The artwork in this book is stunning. It reminds me of John Klassen's art a little bit. I love Peter Brown's style and his ability to direct your eye where it needs to go. One of the things I love about illustrators that author their own books is that they have the uncanny ability to make the words and pictures work together seamlessly. They play each off the other and bring both together to make the book a beautiful piece of art.

    Some books are just destined to be classics. This is one of them. I had a good laugh with my kids when Mr. Tiger takes things "too far". I also like the way he doesn't totally give up his old life. He just needs a change, and so he crosses over to the wild side for a bit.

    This book is really cute and will appeal to kids ages 2 and up. Definitely a must-have book for any kid's home library!

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  • Posted October 24, 2013

    Oh boy, is this book a winner!  Both inside and out it is brilli

    Oh boy, is this book a winner!  Both inside and out it is brilliant.  The dust jacket is amazing but when you take it off the "real" cover of the book is exposed and it is a story in itself, mirroring the plot of the story perfectly.




    Mr. Tiger, who dresses very prim and proper, with tails and a top hat, gets very tired of such stuffy behaviour and longs to let his hair down and discover who he really is.   Freedom calls him to express  himself and get back to his roots.  "He wanted to loosen up. He wanted to have fun. He wanted to be...wild." He begins by walking on all four of his feet (instead of two), which leads into a satisfying ROAR and then .... on my, he sheds his clothes right down to his lovely black stripes.   The other animals in his town are not amused and when they see his progression decide to tell him if he cannot conform to their town standards he had better leave and take his "wild side" to the wilderness where it belongs then everyone will be more comfortable.   He obliges but after a while dibbling in this and that he finds he is lonely, misses his friends and lifestyle terribly, so he returns back to his home town where he finds a pleasant surprise.




    This charming, modern-day fable is about following your heart, daring to be yourself and the quest to be accepted for who you are by others around you.   The illustrations are India ink, watercolour, gouache and pencil and then digitally composed and coloured.  The colour palette is muted in contrast to the bright orange, mango flavour of Mr. Tiger.  They are vibrant and vintage and very appealing to the eye.  




    It is an instant read-aloud classic and will be enjoyed again and again by all ages.   I am sure this book will be on the top of the list to receive a Caldecott award.

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