Read to Tiger

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In this delightful role-reversal story, all the serious little boy wants is to settle down quietly and read his book. But that?s not so easy when there?s an imaginative tiger with an excess of energy behind the couch, wanting attention and someone to play with. Repetitive refrains and sound effects make this a perfect read-aloud, and the sweet and cozy ending will delight the heart of any book-lover.

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Overview

In this delightful role-reversal story, all the serious little boy wants is to settle down quietly and read his book. But that’s not so easy when there’s an imaginative tiger with an excess of energy behind the couch, wanting attention and someone to play with. Repetitive refrains and sound effects make this a perfect read-aloud, and the sweet and cozy ending will delight the heart of any book-lover.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Our young narrator is eagerly carrying his book to the couch on the title page. But he cannot read because Tiger, behind the couch, is chomping his gum. The saucy tiger, whom we have met in Tiger Cannot Sleep, apologizes and stops, but then growls, pretending to be a bear. He stops that when asked, but then becomes Karate Tiger, with appropriate noise and actions. "Stop!" repeats our reader. "Ooops!" repeats the apologetic Tiger. But then, here he comes, "Choo-Choo," riding the toy train and tooting a whistle. Finally our narrator gets Tiger to be quiet, only to have him come between him and his book. When he sees a tiger in the book, Tiger finally settles down. "And finally I can read my book...to Tiger." Alley depicts frustration in a graphic fashion as reading lights simulate spotlights creating melodramatic shadows amid the scratchy lines of the settings. Both characters are charming as they express their emotions fully. Dramatic sounds are accentuated in multiple colors and sizes, adding to the comic narrative. This is great support for the joys of both reading and reading aloud. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1—A wide-eyed boy nestles into his couch for a cozy read, only to be repeatedly interrupted by a full-size cartoon tiger that insists on chewing gum, growling like a bear, doing karate, blowing a whistle, then lifting the couch to find the whistle. With each offense, the animal insists, "Tiger is very sorry!" and promises to cease. Finally, the critter has a peek at the book, learns from the boy that it is about a circus tiger, and snuggles up to listen to the story. As in Tiger Can't Sleep (Viking, 2006), Fore and Alley play with sound effects and comic expressions, which will please a read-aloud audience. The spare ink drawings expand on Tiger's amusing antics, adding in a red train or midnight forest as backdrop. The Typeka text is somewhat difficult to read when holding the book aloft for crowd viewing and the tale goes on a little long for those under age four, but it will find fans in children who enjoy energetic tales.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670011407
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/5/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 240,947
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

S. J. Fore lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, without a tiger.

R. W. Alley (www.rwalley.com) has illustrated nearly a hundred books for children, including Ballerino Nate (Dial). He lives with his family in Barrington, Rhode Island.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    a delightful book about a boy who trys to read only to have his

    a delightful book about a boy who trys to read only to have his tiger make too much noise...takes me back to the Calvin and Hobbs comic strips. My son loves this book

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