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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Show Us Your Stripes!: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown + GIVEAWAY!

Why hello again!
Welcome back to the site that likes to walk on the wild side of things every now and again…Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we’re taking a look at a recent release in the land of storybooks.  If you’ve delved into this genre as of late, way to go my friend!  If you haven’t read one in a while, you are sorely due because there is ALWAYS something reaching publication in this magical land of imagination that’s worth a look.  Speaking of which, today’s title fits that bill to a “T”…and wouldn’t you know it, our stars name even BEGINS with a “T”!  (Woo-hoo!)  Ladies and gents, boys and girls, animals and animal-ettes, today’s book of choice is…

Peter Brown
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

As soon as I saw this one, the artistry brought to mind a particular Children’s Storybook that I’ve seen round and yet have not read at this point.  (Shocking, right? ^_^) It features an enthusiastic little bear looking for a friend…well, okay.  Looking isn’t NEARLY strong enough but you get my point.  Anyway…suffice it to say, I was spot on with my guess and the rest is history!

Meet Mr. Tiger.  Mr. Tiger is feeling a bit stifled as of late.  Everything and everyone around him is so prim and proper, walking around on their own “two feet”, wearing top hats and bonnets, saying “please” and “thank you”…why it’s enough to drive a poor tiger WILD!  That my dear friends…is just what happens.  First, off comes the hat…much more comfortable!  Next, a trial run of walking around on all four paws…how smart!  Then, a ferocious ROAR erupts from his muzzle, the likes of which have not been heard nor will they be accepted in his proper town.  So, he did what came naturally…sought a home in the great BIG wilderness.

There was but one problem.  You know that saying that the grass is always greener on the other side?  Yeah, that applies to changes of character, heart and lifestyle too.  While the change was good for Mr. Tiger, it wasn’t a perfect fit.  He missed his friends.  He missed his home.  He probably missed his ability to cater in lunches as opposed to tracking them down himself as well, though he’d hardly admit to that.  Anywho, one thing led to another and a compromise was found that both worked for Mr. Tiger AND his proper society friends.  Funny thing about ideas though, especially NEW ones…they tend to be contagious.  (Hehe…a little surprise for readers to discover at book’s end.)

From the cover jacket in all its illustrated glory to the actual hard cover of the book with fun-tastic TIGER striping, readers will dive right into the story with two feet, four paws or any other way they seem fit to come and will be welcomed just the same!  The illustrations draw you to the “yard” while the content reminds us to be true to ourselves.  To break it down, the moral of the story…despite the opposition you might face in life, you have to be you; it’s when you’re not that things tend to go sour.  If you’re so busy worrying about pleasing everyone else, you miss the enjoyment that life has to offer.  For the kiddos, they’ll have a ball roaring along with Mr. Tiger and walking around on all four legs but as they grow, they’ll surely know that a true acceptance of ones self is in the ability to share that version of us, the REAL you that is you,  with the world.

Review copy received courtesy of Barbara and Sarah over at BlueSlip Media.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this promotion as well as those forthcoming, be sure to stop by their official site.  This book reached publication September 2013 via Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group.  For more information on this title as well as their complete catalog, visit them online or throughout the social media landscape.

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Now, before we part, there’s TWO more things I’d like to draw your attention to.  First, the exclusive activity kit that goes along with this title!  Stop by the author's site and download your FREE bookish fun pack including a Mr. Tiger mask, word scramble, puppets and more!  I mean really, it's too much fun to pass up.  Now, on to that SECOND would you like a CHANCE TO WIN?

Not so loud!
Well, okay...if you insist, I mean if Mr. Tiger can get his ROAR on, you are certainly entitled.  ^_^


Thanks to the great folks at Blue Slip Media, I have the opportunity to give away ONE copy of this FUN-tastic book so you can share it with you and yours.  Sound good?  I thought it might.  To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below before December 1st, 2013...and don't forget, SPREAD THE WORD!

Until next time...happy reading!

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