Tiger Can't Sleep

Tiger Can't Sleep

by S. J. Fore
     
 
The well-behaved hero of this story goes right to bed without any fuss. But the show-off tiger in his closet wants to tap-dance and play the drums. An increasingly annoyed little boy argues, scolds, and pleads. "Oops, Tiger is sorry! Tiger will be very, very quiet," Tiger promises� but it�s hard to be good when you�re alone in the dark. The little boywonders if he�ll

Overview

The well-behaved hero of this story goes right to bed without any fuss. But the show-off tiger in his closet wants to tap-dance and play the drums. An increasingly annoyed little boy argues, scolds, and pleads. "Oops, Tiger is sorry! Tiger will be very, very quiet," Tiger promises� but it�s hard to be good when you�re alone in the dark. The little boywonders if he�ll ever get to sleep�until he discovers the best way to deal with a noisy tiger is to let him snuggle into bed with you.

Children who don�t want to settle down at bedtime will happily recognize themselves in this adorable noisemaker.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Many a parent will recognize the bedtime procrastinating of the amiable, anthropomorphized stuffed tiger in Fore's debut picture book. From potato chip-crunching and cartwheel-turning to one-tiger band music-making, the oversize toy-who is supposed to be sleeping in a boy's closet-employs several amusing stall tactics. Young readers, who'll likely see a bit of themselves in Tiger, will enjoy watching the boy hero in the parental role as he narrates in escalating, exasperated tones. "Shhh, Tiger! Quiet! You are driving me crazy! I'm trying to sleep. I don't want to hear any more noise." Alley's humorous cartoons vividly bring the exchanges to life. Tiger's bright orange fur and the boy's green pajamas stand out against the blue-gray nighttime backdrop. Tiger wears an appropriately contrite expression as he repeatedly says, "Oops! Tiger is sorry. Tiger will be quiet now." The facial expressions of both characters could just about tell the story by themselves when combined with the onomatopoeic words in large, colorful typeface emanating from the closet (e.g., "Crunch!" "Ker-thump!"). When the boy hears a "Boo-hoo" and discovers Tiger's fear of the dark, he takes a softer approach to his frightened friend. Readers of all ages will delight in the role changes and comic situations that make this book so appealing, not to mention its subtle lesson of empathy. Ages 2-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this humorous variation about the difficulty youngsters have falling asleep, our young narrator cannot sleep because there is a tiger in his closet eating potato chips. Then he is bouncing a ball, then doing cartwheels, each activity resulting in repeated crunches, bounces and ker-thumps. Each time, when asked to be quiet, the tiger apologizes. But then the talented feline moves on with "Tip-taps" and "Oom-pahs," and crashes; a regular one-man band. Taking everything away from him, our hero demands, "NO MORE NOISE!" But when he hears the tiger crying, he invites him into bed. He enjoys the cozy quiet, until the snoring begins. The telling of the imaginative story is matter-of-fact. But Alley's visual narrative is loaded with a youngster's growing angst as he wrestles with his pillow and blanket with eyes open or drooping sleepily. And then there is that adorable insomniac tiger creating all manner of noises in large orange and yellow words. Full-pages and multiple action vignettes produced by nervous black line drawings with touches of watercolors are charged with comic emotions. 2006, Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 3 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-With lots of fun sound effects and multiple opportunities for voice modulation, this book begs to be read aloud. The story opens with an illustration of a boy snoozing in his bed. Suddenly, he sits up and clutches the covers to his chin. A night-light illuminates the room, revealing an open closet door. He explains, "I can't sleep because there's a tiger in my closet-" After hearing a "Crunch! Crunch! Crunch!" he adds, "-a tiger in my closet eating potato chips!" As the antics continue, the child takes charge, repeatedly telling the big cat to quiet down. Each time, the creature apologizes, promises to be silent, and then proceeds on to the next noisy activity. When the boy hears a "Boo-hoo," he discovers that Tiger is afraid of the dark and invites the animal into his bed. This story about nighttime fears features a youngster who takes on the role of an adult, while the childlike animal playfully refuses to settle down. The heavily shadowed closet interior contrasts sharply with the colorful and exuberant images of Tiger doing multiple tasks simultaneously, and the narrator's delightfully expressive body language continues the comic relief. Pair this tale with Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Dial, 1968) for an empowering storytime.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A sleepless little boy learns that when Tiger can't sleep, no one else will, either. The tiger in the closet isn't scary or mean, just frustratingly noisy. In his attempts to amuse himself he drives the little boy crazy. His antics run the gamut from a snack of potato chips and some b-ball, to cartwheels, tap dancing and the simultaneous playing of multiple musical instruments. Each new noise brings the boy to the closet to beg Tiger to be quiet; after apologizing, for a time he is. But Tiger can even find ways of being noisy in an empty closet. One final outburst illuminates the true problem: Tiger is afraid. Just as the silence settles around the two, now snuggled together in bed, a new noise starts to emanate from under the covers. Oh well, at least one of them is finally asleep. Alley's facial expressions are spot-on, perfectly capturing the frustration of the boy and the innocent mischievousness of Tiger. Both Fore and Alley have masterfully created an atmosphere completely absent of the normal childhood fear of "something" in the closet. Indeed, readers may actually find themselves wishing for a tiger of their own. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670060788
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/19/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
290L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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