Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyRummaging through the trash one night, an orange tabby named Marmaduke finds a book open to a picture of a tiger. Noting their common features, he surmises, ``We must be related,'' and thereupon sets out on this cheerily illustrated mission to find his ``uncle tiger.'' Accompanied by a jolly band of feline friends, Marmaduke sneaks into the zoo and finds an ``uncle''-but is too petrified by his uncle's roar (``Grr-grr-grrr'') to understand that he is being grr-grreeted. The cats scramble for home, their cut-paper fur comically standing on end. Marmaduke cowers in his cozy, domesticated cat bed, ``and never again did he boast about his great uncle tiger.'' As ingratiating as a cat rubbing against an admirer's legs, this picture book showcases both Riordan's concise storytelling as he sets up the prideful Marmaduke for an amusing and painless fall, and Ayliffe's (Lucy's Picture) humor-imbued, color-drenched paper-cutting. Ages 2-6. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue PreissnerMarmaduke, a tabby cat, convinces his fellow cat friends that his great uncle Tiger lives at the zoo. In fact, his boasting provides the impetus for a cat trip to the zoo to see this infamous relative. The ragtag group meets many different animals on their way to meet the uncle. But when Tiger extends greetings to them, the scaredy-cats run for the hills. Marmaduke has learned a lesson about boasting. The primary colors of these torn-paper illustrations leap from the page like psychotic cats. Young children will love it. Great for a read-aloud introduction to an animal thematic unit.
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