"I'm going to eat
you, little muskrat,"
said the tiger.
"Wait!" said the muskrat.
"I want to tell you a story."
"Okay," said the tiger,
"but make it quick!"
He knows just how to outwit a very hungry tiger: tell him a story.
Tigers shouldn't listen to muskrats and their stories...especially clever muskrats with clever stories.
Tom Willans creates a delightful read-aloud to complement his quirkily rendered animals. The surprise ending will have children laughing and asking for the story to be read again and again.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 13.44(h) x 0.82(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Tom Willans was born in St. Albans, England, in 1975. After attending Verulam School, Tom achieved a B.A. degree in graphics and illustration at Bath University. His first job in publishing was as a designer and paper engineer with David Bennett Books, where he helped create many ingenious pop-up books. He continues to work in publishing and is currently on stage in Two Planks and a Passion, a play by the acclaimed movie director Anthony Minghella. This is Tom's first book for children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Chirpy and lightweight; the food chain as a nested yarn. Fun metafiction for teeny tots.
A great story about how a muskrat outsmarts a tiger so he doesn't get eaten. This is a wonderful and creative book to use to explain nature and why some animals eat others. A good book for young readers because the wording is easy.
I want to point out that this is really great book. The story is amusing, but it also includes a moral lesson - it illustrates how being able to think quickly can be a lifesaving quality. The story begins with a small muskrat sitting on the tree. When a hungry tiger comes along and wants to eat him, a muskrat cleverly distracts him by shouting, ¿Wait, I want to tell you a story!¿ Poor tiger says, 'Okay, but make it quick!'. I say 'poor', because that hesitation or curiosity turns out to be the tiger's big mistake, which will cost him a life. Because the muskrat tells him a series of stories about different animals that are about to be eaten by larger ones and, they, in turn, exclaim the the same thing: 'Wait! I want to tell you a story!'. Muskrat also adds the tiger into the story ¿ and also one hungry crocodile, as a predator that wants to eat the big cat. Finally one of the predators in the story refuses to listen and eats one of the victims, which causes a reversal in the chain of events...When there is a pause in the story, the tiger asks what happens next. 'Then,' resumed muskrat, 'the crocodile eats the tiger.' And the tiger finds out that he is to be eaten by a big green crocodile that has suddenly appeared behind him! This sudden development leads to surprising and funny ending, which will probably have children laughing and asking for the story to be read again. The clever muskrat is saved and goes away. The 'poor' tiger, however, has no such luck. There is a picture on the last pages which is showing the crocodile who has just eaten the tiger for his dinner. You can even see the tiger's tail sticking out of the crocodile's closed mouth... But as I said, the little muskrat gets away and is seen on the last page with a smug smile. To conclude, the story is top class and so are the illustrations. Great work!
When a hungry tiger comes along and said, 'I'm going to eat you, little muskrat,' the clever muskrat says, 'Wait!' and spins a tale to avoid becoming the tiger's lunch. And so, the muskrat begins to tell his tale about some other animals in similar predicaments, all leading to an unexpected ending. Muskrat is saved by a surprise appearance by a hungry crocodile. Muskrat is saved, but who ends in a crocodile's fat belly?