Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
By Peter Brown
Little, Brown and Company, 2013. Unpaged picture book.
Mr. Tiger lives in a very proper, Victorian neighborhood. His fellow animals walk on their hind legs and wear buttoned-up coats and top hats. Mr. Tiger begins to get bored with all the manners and proprieties in his world, and decides to just be WILD! He begins by walking on all fours, which feels better already. The wildness snowballs from there. One day (after swimming clothes-free in the fountain), his friends lose their patience with him and send him off to be totally wild in the wilderness. Homesickness eventually settles in, and Mr. Tiger returns to the city...where he finds that things are starting to change among the animals. He happily feels free to be himself here- aloha shirt and all. This is an expressive, beautiful picture book that is sure be appreciated by all wild readers! It's a unique and encouraging story about the freedom of being true to yourself. I predict another Caldecott honor for the incredibly talented Mr. Brown!