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Raj the Bookstore Tiger

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Being a bookstore tiger is hard work. There’s much patrolling, and a lot of sitting in laps at story hour, and then there’s sleeping in the window display. But Raj is up to the task. He is fierce and proud—until Snowball comes along. The new cat in the bookstore informs Raj that he’s just a marmalade kitty-cat. Times get tough, then, for the bookstore tiger. But bookstore and Raj owner Felicity, with the help of poet William Blake, knows how to fix things. In turn, with a very ...
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Overview

Being a bookstore tiger is hard work. There’s much patrolling, and a lot of sitting in laps at story hour, and then there’s sleeping in the window display. But Raj is up to the task. He is fierce and proud—until Snowball comes along. The new cat in the bookstore informs Raj that he’s just a marmalade kitty-cat. Times get tough, then, for the bookstore tiger. But bookstore and Raj owner Felicity, with the help of poet William Blake, knows how to fix things. In turn, with a very special book, Raj is able to fix things with Snowball.

Paige Keiser’s quirky, intimate illustrations invite readers to curl up and share a story—with their own tigers or a friend.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Raj, a handsome marmalade cat with a golden coat and chocolate stripes, believes he is a tiger. His owner, Felicity Fotheringham, has given him a real tiger's name and introduces him at storytime as "our very own bookstore tiger." When an employee brings his cat to the bookstore, Snowball quickly becomes the top feline, sprawling and smirking from a child's lap. Worst of all, he says Raj is no tiger, just a plain old kitty-cat. Felicity wisely reads aloud William Blake's tiger poem over and over again, restoring her pet's confidence. The next morning, despite Snowball's hisses and scowls, Raj is his old self again. A visiting author from India calls him a little tiger, and Felicity agrees. With great kindness, Raj shows Snowball a picture of a white tiger in a book, and the two little tigers make the rounds together. Illustrations done in watercolors and colored pencil bring the bookstore and its inhabitants to life. Youngsters will wish they could be part of Felicity's storytime with a marmalade cat in their laps. Raj's self-esteem issues will resonate with youngsters and spark discussions.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Is Felicity's bookstore big enough for two territorial felines? Raj the golden cat imagines himself a tiger as he prowls the busy bookstore where he "works" with owner Felicity, meowing at customers, strutting through storytime and permitting the humans to pet him...occasionally. At night, purring Raj curls up with Felicity in the attic apartment they share over the store. One day, everything changes; store manager Christopher brings persnickety white cat Snowball (who doesn't get along with Christopher's new Labrador puppy) to stay at the store. For a time, a feline feud takes center stage in the store window: Raj tries various hiding places while Snowball usurps his position with customers. Felicity brings out Raj's inner tiger again with a little William Blake, and, similarly, Raj uses a book about India to show Snowball her inner tigress. The two can now prowl the store in harmony. The sophisticated narrative, with its nice streak of irony, suits older picture-book audiences; Keiser's watercolor-and-pencil pictures are aptly clever and low-key. Nice nourishment for the blossoming bookworm. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580892308
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 984,303
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen T. Pelley is the author of MAGNUS MAXIMUS, A MARVELOUS MEASURER (Farrar Strauss and Giroux), and THE GIANT KING (Child Welfare League of America). Kathleen lives in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    This is a delightful read for young children, with a wonderful subtle lesson about appropriate behavior.

    Raj, The Bookstore Tiger, Kathleen T. Pelley This is a perfect story for beginning readers or to be read aloud. It takes place in a perfect bookstore. Let's hope these bookstores don't all go the way of the dinosaur! Raj, a beautiful, golden cat, lives in the attic with Felicity Fotheringham, the owner of the bookstore beneath their living space. He likes his life. He goes from chores to sunning himself in the glorious light of the sun in the front window of the shop. He is a happy cat but he thinks he is a TIGER! During afternoon story time, Raj is at his happiest, greeting the children, and being equally attended to, and adored by them. To them, he is a little TIGER! Didn't he look like one, after all? One day, his heavenly existence is shattered by the entrance of a new cat, with a nasty disposition. Felicity has invited her manager's cat, Snowball, to spend his days at the bookstore. He has not been getting along at home, with their other pet, a Labrador puppy dog. Snowball is a bit of a bully. Raj, who always thought of himself as the bookstore tiger, is totally intimidated by Snowball, who heaves insults at him, and so Raj remains hidden during story hours and during the night he hides under a pillow. He no longer believes he is a tiger because of the things that Snowball said to him. One night, Felicity reads a poem to Raj and that restores his confidence. He no longer runs from Snowball. He doesn't follow his orders either. When a video of a real tiger is viewed at the bookstore, Snowball runs away in fear but Raj believes in himself and struts around. Snowball tries once again to tell Raj he is not a tiger but Raj, instead, tells Snowball that there are tigers in books that look like him too. Soon they both do the chores together and become friends, each one feeling as important as the other. Now they are both tigers! The tender illustrations add to the books enjoyment. The colorful, upbeat cover, invites you in to read. I invite all children to enter the bookstore and stay awhile. You will be glad you did.

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