Tiger in My Soup

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When a boy is left in the care of his older sister, he begs her to read him his favorite book, but she is too absorbed in her own reading to pay him any attention. She won't be distracted, even when the boy finds a ravenous tiger hiding in his soup! His sister misses all the action; only after the steamy beast is slain does she return to the table with her brother and finally agree to read to him. But is the tiger really gone?

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When a boy is left in the care of his older sister, he begs her to read him his favorite book, but she is too absorbed in her own reading to pay him any attention. She won't be distracted, even when the boy finds a ravenous tiger hiding in his soup! His sister misses all the action; only after the steamy beast is slain does she return to the table with her brother and finally agree to read to him. But is the tiger really gone?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The lady or the tiger? Try the older sister or the tiger—the stakes are nearly as high. Sheth (Monsoon Afternoon) introduces a familiar pair of siblings: the demanding younger brother and “over it” older sister/babysitter. The kids are left home alone for the day—and what a home! Ebbeler (Snow Day for Mouse) pictures it as a modern structure, all angles and windows, perched on a rocky seaside outcropping, as their parents’ AMC Pacer swerves off into the distance. The boy is eager to have his sister read his tiger-themed book to him, but she (earbuds in, with reading material of her own) tosses a bowl of alphabet soup his way to get him off her back. Trouble is, a tiger emerges from the soup (“R-O-A-R” read the noodle letters in the boy’s bowl), and the battle is on, imagined though it may be. Ebbeler truly knocks it out of the park, gleefully building on Sheth’s prose with dynamic perspectives, a realistically detailed (and menacing) tiger, abundant visual hyperbole, and unexpected delights on nearly every page. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Mela Bolinao, MB Artists. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Our young narrator is left in the charge of his big sister. When she refuses to read his tiger book to him, he looks at it himself, but that's no fun. He tells her he's hungry, so she heats up some soup, but still won't stop her own reading and listening to read him his book. As he stirs his soup, a tiger rises in the steam. But his sister pays no attention to his cry for help. Meanwhile, he battles the tiger across the pages with whatever he can find, as she reads on. Finally, she puts the soup in the microwave to reheat as he warns her about the tiger. "Okay," she finally sighs, as she takes his book to read to him. Her satisfying roar as she reads seems to put the tiger away, at least for now. The forthcoming mock struggle between the narrator and the tiger is effectively painted in acrylic on the jacket/cover. Further adventures appear on the end pages where the tiger stalks a fleeing youngster amid rows of soup cans. More comic exchanges overflow the double pages, with a vigorous, naturalistic feline fended off by the acrobatic boy. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—An unnamed narrator is left in the care of his older sister while their parents are away for the day. Although he asks her to read him a book about a tiger, she would rather read her own book. He captures her attention long enough to get her to heat up some alphabet soup, but she then tunes him out and doesn't even notice when a tiger rises up out of the steaming bowl. The boy uses a spoon, chair, and other handy utensils to fend off the raging beast until his sister finally puts down her book and agrees to read to him. But her tiger roar is so convincing that he vows to keep a watchful eye on her as he finishes his soup. Ebbeler's vibrant acrylic illustrations include a variety of perspectives both outside their unusual house and within. The boy's imagination is vividly portrayed in pictures that show the tiger magically appearing in the steam and on his sister's face when she roars. Action shots of the narrator defending himself against the menacing cat move the story along, while the girl's inability to see her brother's plight adds some comic relief. This is a good story to show how readers can get wrapped up in a book.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
A boy is left in the care of his older sister in an interesting house. The boy wants her to read to him, but she's got a book of her own (and earbuds in her ears) and keeps putting him off. She makes him a can of soup for lunch, and the steam rises and morphs into…"A tiger!" He drops his spoon and tries to defend himself against the ravenous beast with a fabulous contraption made of ladle, corkscrew, whisk and tongs, but his sister only wants to know why he let his soup get cold. Microwaving the soup, she acquiesces, reading his book (which is about a tiger) aloud while he eats. The satisfied tiger, meanwhile, wanders about his imagination. The pictures are quite wonderful: The huge, vivid tiger grows out of the soup and goes everywhere, roaring and prowling. The children live in an architectural wonder of a house on a rocky promontory, with great windows and a fine outdoor staircase. The boy in his jeans and sneakers and the girl in her tastefully preteen flower-embroidered hoodie are the color of chai, and his picture book is patterned like a batik or Indian cotton print. In the current run of titles about older siblings feeding younger ones, this one stands out for its inventive imagery and use of common kitchen implements. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561456963
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 154,789
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

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    Funny with Great Drawings!

    "Tiger in My Soup" is about a little boy who imagines that a tiger is jumping out of his soup. The tiger is not real, but he pretends to fight it to keep it back – he calls this war! In real life, he wants his older sister to read him this book about a tiger. He is thinking about the tiger, which is why he thinks he really sees it. In the end, his sister agrees to read him the book.

    I liked the book because it was funny and the drawings were beautiful.

    My favorite part was when the boy launched a missile (a piece of bread) at the tiger using a mirror. Another part I liked was when his sister heated the soup up in the microwave and he thought the tiger was inside the microwave with the soup.

    I think boys and girls of all ages will like this. I love it and I want to keep this book forever!

    Review by Young Mensan Drake B., age 6, San Francisco Regional Mensa

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

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    Great Imagination!! A young boy is left under his sister's care

    Great Imagination!!

    A young boy is left under his sister's care for the day and he follows her around trying to get her to read him his favorite book about a tiger. But her answer is always, "later". She is focused on a book of her own and the music she has plugged into her ears. So he tries another tactic. He pulls the earplugs out of her ears and screams, "I'm hungry!". So she fixes him a bowl of soup and goes back to her book and music. 

    Just as he starts to eat the soup lo and behold there is a tiger in his soup. Yep, a growling, stalking, furious tiger! This little boy decided to take on the tiger all by himself. When his sister sees him carrying on like a wild child, she picks up his book and read to him while he ate his soup. Did this take care of the tiger or will he still there somewhere?

    The author has written a fun, adventurous tale about a young boy's imagination and his attempt to tame a tiger. Imagination is a wonderful tool it makes reading so much more fun. She shows our children how to enjoy a book even if you can't read. The illustrations depicted the story so well that the young boy's imagination created his own take of the story. Then there comes the joy and excitement of reading or having the story read to you. Which is your favorite way to enjoy a picture book? 

    The world of reading and your imagination can take you on adventures to meet new friends and places all over the world and beyond. So pick up a book and have fun!

    I highly recommend this book.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This is my honest opinion.

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