Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Mr. Tiger was bored with the proper life he was living. Filled with tea and stilted conversation each day, he longed to get wild. Then one day, he does just that by starting to walk on four legs instead of two. He felt better immediately. And each day, got wilder yet: roaring, casing people, bounding across rooftops. Then he took it one more step and left his clothes behind. The other disapproved and sent him off to live in the wilderness unless he could change back and act properly. So Mr. Tiger headed off. The wilderness was glorious and Mr. Tiger went completely wild. However, he also missed the people he left behind in town. When he headed back to society though, he found that he’d had quite an impact without even knowing it.
This is a stellar picture book. Brown tells a story that all children can relate to, that of being too wild and too loud and not acting appropriately. The storytelling is exemplary with perfect pacing and plenty of humor. That story is well-matched with the bright and bold illustrations. From the get-go the orange of Mr. Tiger pops from the page, particularly when everything else is dirty sepia toned. There are glorious moments, including the one where Mr. Tiger is wearing no clothes at all.
This picture book is a welcome antidote to books on manners. After all, we all need more wild in our lives. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.