Saturday, January 19, 2013

Read to Tiger

It's not always easy taking a 2-year-old to the library.  They run, they grab things, they don't understand the concept of the "library voice."  Most of the time, the Nugget's book choices consist of things she has arbitrarily snatched from the end of the shelves and thrown into the pile to be checked out as she's on her way to play with the library's toys.  Sometimes this leaves us with some clunkers, like the book about animal life cycles that was a little TOO realistic, and sometimes it works out really well.  Read to Tiger was one of those random books that the Nugget grabbed, and it ended up becoming one of our favorites. 

The story is about a little boy who just wants to sit quietly and read his book.  But he is prevented from reading by his lovable pet tiger, who is hanging around doing everything from chewing gum (chomp, chomp, chomp) to riding the little boy's toy train through the house (choo choo!).  The included sound effects and the tiger's dialogue, which is just crying out for a silly voice, make this one great fun to read aloud.  Kids of all ages will be laughing and wondering what the tiger will do next.  Of course the Nugget gets a big kick out of this book, but older kids do too--I read this to the Buddy's kindergarten class last week and it was a huge hit.  The ending is sweet and it fits the story perfectly.  

It looks like this author has written at least one more book about Tiger, which is on our list to read.  Definitely check this one out if you are looking for a fun, silly read aloud!


  1. Another similarity between us! Now that my kids are 5 and 7, we are taking weekly trips to the library where they pick out their own books. But until recently I got the vast majority of books by putting them on hold (and still get a lot of them that way). And one of the reasons was the awful selections my kids would make (based mainly on things like spine color). Read all about it here:

  2. It's so important to take your little ones to the library early - kudos to you for perservering even when it's rough! I always try to let my guy pick out some of our selections, and though we've had some clunkers, many have also been surprise hits just like you mentioned.

  3. What a cute book and the tiger reminds me of my little boy when I read to him! I can see why it's a favorite at your house!

  4. Every day at work I watch the parents carefully selecting books as the kids toss in whatever they can reach. It must make for an interesting mix when you get home - and you find some real treasures.

  5. Read to for my granddaughter. Thank you. I know what you mean about a toddler's random selections.Read to Tiger just joined my list for my granddaughter.

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