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Tiger Trouble!
     

Tiger Trouble!

by Diane Goode
 
Jack and his pet tiger, Lily, go everywhere and do everything together. Life is great for the two friends . . . until Mr. Mud buys the apartment building Jack lives in. Mr. Mud hates cats, and so does his pet bulldog, Fifi. "I want that cat out by tomorrow morning!" he exclaims. But that night, while everyone except Lily is asleep, a burglar breaks into the building

Overview

Jack and his pet tiger, Lily, go everywhere and do everything together. Life is great for the two friends . . . until Mr. Mud buys the apartment building Jack lives in. Mr. Mud hates cats, and so does his pet bulldog, Fifi. "I want that cat out by tomorrow morning!" he exclaims. But that night, while everyone except Lily is asleep, a burglar breaks into the building to steal all of Mr. Mud's valuables, including Fifi! Fortunately, Lily comes to the rescue, and the next day she's the neighborhood hero.

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Publishers Weekly
Curiosity saves the cat in Goode's (Where's Our Mama?; The Dinosaur's New Clothes) fluffy picture book about the adventures of a boy and his pet tiger in New York City. Young Jack and his tiger, Lily, are the best of friends. From hanging out on the front stoop to playing stickball and visiting the playground, they while away days full of good times. But everything changes when crabby, cat-hating Mr. Mud purchases Jack's apartment building and moves in upstairs. Mr. Mud demands that Jack get rid of Lily, who "could scare someone!" The crotchety landlord changes his tune, however, when Lily uses her instincts to catch a burglar in Mr. Mud's apartment. Goode's light-hearted story teeters between fantasy and reality, providing the kind of larger-than-life scenario that often springs from children's imaginations. The sweet, smiling faces of Jack and his young friends, as well as the almost comical scenes of tiger and boy scrubbing up in the tub, taking a swim and curling up in bed, sustain the cheerful mood. A pastel palette textured with cross-hatching, invites readers to a pristine-looking Big ~ Apple of days gone by. Ages 3-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This charming picture book tells the story of a friendship between a boy and his tiger living together amiably and lovingly in the city. Jack and Lily do everything together and everyone in the neighborhood enjoys their company. However, one day, their Edenic existence is threatened when a new landlord, a cat-hating, dog-owning landlord, named most appropriately Mr. Mud, orders Lily to vacate the premises at first light. Unable to find a solution to their problem, Jack and Lily are at wit's end. As luck would have it, though, during the night Lily proves herself worthy of Mr. Mud's gratitude when she thwarts thieves from burglarizing his apartment. Mr. Mud realizes what a gem Lily is and begs her to stay. Jack and Lily, happily, return to their peaceful lives. This warm, old-fashioned tale is sure to please its readers. How could you not be won over by a tiger who plays stickball and swims? The bright and detailed illustrations heighten our appreciation of the characters' warmth and the community within the urban setting. A tale of friendship as sunny as this one is not to be missed. 2001, The Blue Sky Press, $15.95. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Michele Gable AGES: 4 5 6 7
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-"Jack and his tiger, Lily, lived in an apartment building at #33 River Street." The setting is New York City in the 1920s or '30s when boys wore tweed caps and girls sported huge bows and pinafores. Tug-of-war with the neighborhood kids and swimming in the river make for an idyllic life until the dark day when Mildew Mud buys their building. The snarky man moves in with his bulldog, Fifi, who shares his owner's intense distaste for cats of any size or sort. When Mr. Mud orders that Lily be gone by the next morning, Jack and the feline try fruitlessly to figure out ways to keep her. Late that night, Lily proves herself valuable to Mr. Mud after all, and she is allowed to stay on (for 100 years, even!). Goode's fetching watercolors are delightful and luminous, working especially well in this nostalgic story. The illustrations are reminiscent of those in Where's Our Mama (Dutton, 1991; o.p.) and Mama's Perfect Present (Puffin, 1999). Pair Tiger Trouble with Dav Pilkey's wackier Dog Breath! (Scholastic, 1994) for a storytime on pets proving their worth. A "Goode" addition to any collection.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A fanciful and cheerily outlandish tale about a boy and his . . . cat. Young Jack lives with his tiger, Lily, in a fine apartment building, and Lily, like Mary's little lamb, follows Jack everywhere, doing what he does. But then Mr. Mildew Mud buys the apartment building and moves in upstairs with his dog Fifi. Mud hates cats, and so does Fifi. He banishes Lily by morning, but that night Lily trounces a burglar about to make off with all of Mr. Mud's favorite things (including Fifi). Lily's a hero, and gets a 100-year lease. The illustrations are set in a 19th-century Gotham where the men sport large mustaches, the kitchens are tiled, and the kids wear caps. Much of the humor comes from the wonderful pictures: Fifi is quite a sullen-looking bulldog; Lily is a sleek and full-sized tiger but usually behaves like a person; Mr. Mud wears his black, silk, top hat even with his purple dressing gown. Goode's (Cinderella: The Dog and Her Little Glass Slipper, 2000, etc.) palette seems especially vivid for this romp, the blues are bluer, the tiger's golden coat a standout against the deep lavenders and greens worn by the other characters. Rollicking good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439208666
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
AD210L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Goode says, "In this book I wanted to capture the feeling that there's a wonderful world waiting right around the corner.” Since winning the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant at the start of her career, Diane Goode has written and illustrated such lovely picture books as Mama's Perfect Present and Thanksgiving is Here! Her son, Peter, to whom this book is dedicated, is now grown. The talented author-illustrator lives in Watch-ung, New Jersey, with her husband and their yellow Lab.

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