Sunday, November 30, 2014

Picture Book Gift Ideas

2014 saw several  new picture books aimed at kids 4-7 years old by some honored picture book authors. The author and illustrator of a 2013 Caldecott Honor book, Extra Yarn, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen have teamed up again on Sam & Dave Dig A Hole. A simple story about two boys digging a hole to look for something spectacular.   Some kids back in the olden days amused themselves during long summer days by digging holes either to bury or look for treasure or for the more ambitious, to dig their way to the other side of the world. While the story is told pretty straight, Jon Klassen’s illustrations are humorous. We can see what Sam and Dave cannot. Just as they are getting close to finding something, they change course. Fortunately, their dogs does dig his way to a spectacular find. The boys eventually fall down the hole and come out the other side. They decide that is a pretty spectacular way to spend the day.  The AR is 1.9.

sam and dave dig a hole

Mac Barnett came out with another book this year  illustrated by Jen Corace. Telephone is a play on that  another amusement from the olden days. One person whispers something to another, that person whispers what he heard to the next person and the last person who hears it repeats the message aloud. More often than not, it bears little relationship to the original. The whole story takes place on a telephone wire, the characters are birds. Peter’s mother tells a cardinal carrying a baseball bat  “Tell Peter: Fly home for dinner”. The cardinal tells a flyboy, “Tell Peter: Hit pop flies and homers”. Flyboy passes his version to the next bird on the wire and so on. Each bird adds a twist to the message until finally a very drenched bird relays a message that combines parts of all the versions to a wise looking owl who happens to be sitting near Peter on the wire. The owl thinks about what he just heard and says to Peter, “Your Mom says fly home for dinner”.



Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of Exclamation Mark, has teamed up with Richard T Morris on This Is A Moose.


An unseen director is making a wildlife movie about a moose. Take one: the star of the movie wants to be an astronaut.  This will not do. The director yells, “Cut!” and says matter of factually that a moose cannot be an astronaut. Take two is interrupted by the star’s grandmother (yeah grandmas!). She wanted to be a La Crosse goalie and don’t tell her a moose can’t be one or you have a fight on your hands. Take three is interrupted by a  Regal Giraffe who always wanted to be a doctor. The director dismisses the giraffe because this is a woodland movie not a safari movie. At this point Grandma and Regal Giraffe take matters into their own hands and launch Moose into space. The director goes into a tirade about how that cannot happen because this is a movie about a moose doing moose things. Nonetheless the Moose is in outer space. Finally, we see the director, who happens to be a duck, yelling, “will somebody please find me an animal that acts like it’s supposed to!!”  We see the director pausing to  think and coming to the realization that if a duck can be a director then a moose can be an astronaut . The new movie is “This is an Astronaut” on location on the moon.

Great read-a-loud book. The AR is 1.9.

Katherine Applegate, the winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal for The One And Only Ivan, has written a picture book about the real Ivan called Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. The book is beautifully illustrated by G. Brian Karas.

Ivan The Remarkable True Story

The story tells of Ivan’s birth in a tropical forest in Central Africa, his capture by poachers and his arrival in Tacoma, Washington. He was raised like a human child for three years until he became too big.  Then a cage in the shopping mall became his new home. He lived in that cage for 27 years without the company of another gorilla. Some people thought Ivan should have a better life. After letters, petitions and protests it was arranged to transfer Ivan to Zoo Atlanta. There he lived out his days in “a place with trees and grass and other gorillas”. The AR is 3.7.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

More Schools of Hope Resources

The Five Finger Rule to help a child find the “just right” book.

Ten ways to help kids who get stuck on a word. 

Instructions for making a word game based on dominos. We are encouraged to play a game with our students at the end of a tutoring session. This is an easy one to make yourself.

Schools of Hope Tutor Resources

Welcome to the new and returning Schools of Hope tutors. For those of us who like instant gratification, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. Yulupa uses the PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Strategies) from Vanderbilt University. You can read about the program here. We use a slightly different version of PALS but the principles  are the same.

When many of us went to school, the most used reading method was Whole Word (the Dick and Jane days). If you would like to review the letter sounds, you can go to Alphabet Sounds. Spring Creek Elementary made a video of a tutoring session. They do no use the same materials as Yulupa, but it gives you some idea of the flow.

If you need some additional insight check out this  Advanced Tutor Training by MaryAnn Nichol. She is a professor at Sonoma State and is part of the team doing research on Schools of Hope.

Finally, for more ideas to help you with your students, just click on the Schools of Hope tag at the bottom of this post or in the left hand column on this blog.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Moldylocks and the Three Beards

My son-in-law asked  for a list of chapter books with pictures to share with my granddaughters who are emerging readers. While researching books on the Kirkus Review website, I ran across the highly rated Moldylocks and the Three Beards the first book in the  Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe series written and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Since I have a weakness for fractured fairy tales, I checked it out.

Moldylocks and the Three Beards

Princess Pink does not like princesses nor the color pink, her parents named her Princess because they were so excited that after seven boys they finally had a girl. Their last name is Pink.  Princess falls into the world of fake-believe by opening the refrigerator door. She lands smack dab into a slightly twisted  version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Moldylocks has green hair and the bears have become beards, just a couple of letters make the difference. Princess accompanies Moldylocks to the home of the Three Beards where they look for the just right chair, taste chili and jump on the beds before they fall asleep. When the Beards return home, Princess escapes through the refrigerator to the safety of her home but decides to return and save Moldylocks.

The story will appeal to first and second graders but it might be a little snarky for younger kids. The reading level is second grade and the book is available through Scholastic Book Service. The Sonoma County Library has a few copies and one copy of the second book in the series Little Red Quacking Hood. The Yulupa Library has two copies.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Magazines for Kids

Magazines are a great way to get your kids interested in reading. Erica from the What Do We Do All Day blog has done the hard work of rounding up a list of 16 magazines for  preschool and grade-school aged kids. Our family has had experience with the Ranger Rick (and the preschool, My Big Backyard now called Ranger Rick, Jr.) and Highlights for Kids. One that I have never seen before is Ask, a science magazine for kids 7-9 or 10. For older kids, they publish Odyssey.

Kids love to get mail so magazines make great birthday or holiday gifts, especially since the gift lasts the length of the subscription.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow

A couple of years ago, I came across at book for early readers called The Cat on the Mat is Flat by Australian author Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton. I have been using it with some of my second graders because there is lots of rhyming and alliteration and the type is large and well-spaced.  The nine stories are only a few pages long,  and both the text and line drawings are funny. Kids seemed to like reading the stories. Rhyming helps kids increase their vocabulary rapidly.

The Cat on the Mat is Flat

Thanks to the Imagination Soup blog, I have discovered another Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton collaboration, The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow. The ten stories in this volume are less wordy but still very rhyme-y (and according to the cover, slimy)  and the text and drawings are again,very funny. 

The Big Fat Cow that goes Kapow

One copy of The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow and four copies of The Cat on the Mat is Flat are available from the Sonoma County Library. The Yulupa Library has one copy of The Big Fat Cow Goes Kapow and lists its reading level as 1.7.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Trip to the Bottom of the World With Mouse

One of the books recommended by Melissa Taylor in the previous post for 5 and 6 year olds is Frank Viva’s A Trip To The Bottom Of the World With Mouse. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for months, so it is about time to get around to it. Mouse and his explorer friend are on a ship headed to Antarctica. The seas are rough and Mouse would like to turn around and go back home, but the trip becomes worth it when they get to see penguins, whales and swim in the warm water of a submerged volcano. The book is based on a trip the author took to Antarctica (he is Mouse). You can read more about it and see some pictures of the trip here.

What makes this a terrific book for beginning readers is large, well-spaced type, few words on a page, repetition and pairing words with pictures. Not to mention, it is a good story.

A Trip To The Bottom of the World

The Sonoma County Library has a few copies.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Easy Readers

Melissa Taylor of the Imagination Soup blog has compiled a very long list of beginning books for 5 and 6 year olds. She includes a brief description of each book or set of books. You can find it here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

10 Ways To Help Kids Who Get Stuck on a Word

Jodie Rodriguez of the Growing Book by Book blog has a great free printable with 10 ways to help  kids who get stuck on a word when reading. It is a great tool for parents and for tutors. You can find out how to use each tip here.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Teacher Is a MONSTER!

Peter Brown, the author of one and illustrator of two of my favorite picture books of the last few years , Mr Tiger Goes Wild and Creepy Carrots, has written and illustrated a perfect back to school book, My Teacher Is a MONSTER! (No, I Am Not).

My Teacher Is a Monster

Bobby’s teacher, Ms. Kirby, doesn’t like a noisy classroom or paper airplanes thrown during class or dawdling. She stomps and she roars. Bobby decides she is a MONSTER! One Saturday, on his way to play in his favorite park, he runs into his teacher sitting on a  bench reading. Her hat blows away and Bobby runs to retrieve it. He catches it just before it blows into the duck pond. Ms. Kirby tells Bobby that he is her hero. That breaks the ice and they spend some time quacking with the ducks and Bobby shows her  his favorite spot, high on a hill in the park. Ms.Kirby pulls a sheet of paper out of her handbag and gives it to Bobby to make a paper airplane, then they watch it fly all the way down the hill. They decide that, perhaps, that was the greatest paper airplane flight in history. Back at school, Ms. Kirby still stomps and still roars but is she a monster?

I love the slow evolution of Ms. Kirby from green monster to a pretty, young woman as the two get to know each other in the park. It is an experience my seventh grade class had with one of our teachers. She had a fearsome reputation. We were prepared to loath her but because we got to know her outside of class (after school), she became our favorite teacher. Who knew teachers were people, too?

The Sonoma County Library has several copies and the AR is 1.7.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How To Get Your Kids to Love Reading

Jon Scieszka, author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Stinky Cheese Man and the Time Warp Trio series, has some terrific ideas how to get your kids to love reading. Before he started writing children’s books, he was a teacher, so his ideas have been field tested. Find out what your child really loves and then find books, magazines, or any kind of text about that subject. Whether your child loves mysteries or space or fairy tales, there are chapter books, short stories, picture books, graphic novels, comics and audio books. One additional thing he does not mention is READ to your kids! Start early and keep reading to them even when they can read what they want on their own. You can read the whole interview at the Musings blog (Parnassus Books).

Luckily, John Scieszka has a website devoted to getting boys to read called Guys Read. He has organized his recommendations into categories like, How to build stuff, Realistic kids in realistic situations and one sure to be a hit with my grandsons, At least one explosion. Other categories include Series, Ghosts and Action/Adventure and several more. Scieszka includes comics (Gary Larson’s The Far Side comic books are prominently featured), graphic novels, magazines and audio books.

Hat tip: Imagination Soup

Monday, May 19, 2014

Preventing Summer Slide

Reading Is Fundamental has some ideas about how to prevent summer slide, the up to two month learning loss over the summer. Here are some simple ideas  from the article:


  • Visit. Head to the library and sign your kid up for a library card if they don’t already have one. In addition to a wide selection of books to borrow, many libraries have free, child-friendly summer reading programs. Going to a baseball game? Read a book about baseball before you head off to that double-header.
  • Lead. Kids look up to you, so lead by example. Read the newspaper at breakfast, pick up a magazine at the doctor’s office, and stuff a paperback in your beach bag. If kids see the adults around them reading often, they will understand that all types of reading can be an important part of their summer days. Storybooks aren’t the only thing that kids can read. Be prepared and keep all kinds of reading material on hand that might spark the interest of a young reader.
  • Talk. Talking with your kids about what you have read also lets them know that reading is an important part of your life. Tell them why you liked a book, what you learned from it, or how it helped you—soon they might start doing the same. Going camping? Have your kids tell stories to their friends.
  • Relax. Reading is supposed to be fun. So relax. Don’t set daily minute requirements or determine the number of pages they should read. Instead, make sure they pick up books that appeal to them and help find ways for them to choose to read on their own.
  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    Children’s Book Week

    May 12-18th is Children’s Book Week, a celebration of books for young people and the joy reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest running national  children’s literacy initiative.


    This years poster is by Robin Preiss Glaser, the author of the Fancy Nancy and Nancy Clancy books. She is the 2013 Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year award Winner for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet.

    Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    NYPL: 100 Best Children’s Book for 2013

    NYPL 100 Best Children's Books 2013
    The New York Public Library is out with an interactive list of the best children's books of 2013. You can search by reading level, genre and theme. Click on a book that interests you and it will take you to a short description  of the story. There is something for everyone.

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Celebrate World Read Aloud Day


    2014 World Read Aloud DayGrab a kid, grab a book and enjoy a story together. It just might be the beginning of a terrific habit.

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    Happy 110th Birthday, Dr Seuss

    Back in the olden days when I was a kid (the fifties), a book was written by Rudolf Flesch called Why Johnny Can’t Read (there is nothing new in the universe). Flesch along with the journalist, John Hersey, blamed boring primers, like the Dick and Jane books,  for that failure. Dr. Seuss rode to the rescue with  The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham (and many more) that even with a limited vocabulary were engaging and funny.

     2014 Dr Seuss birthday

    Each year his birthday is celebrated as Read Across America Day sponsored by the National Education Association. Read more about why Read Across America is so important here.

    Read Across America 2014

    Monday, February 10, 2014

    The Watermelon Seed

    The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal winner for 2014 is The Watermelon Seed  by Greg Pizzoli. The book uses simple  graphics employing the colors of watermelon: pink, green and black. The text is large and well-spaced, very useful to beginning readers.

    The Watermelon Seed

    Our crocodile protagonist LOVES watermelon. He eats it morning, noon and night and even for dessert. One day, he swallows a watermelon seed. In his panic he envisions the horrors that await him. It is growing inside of him, the vines will soon grow out of his ears! He may turn pink, his stomach will stretch! Can someone help him? His stomach feels funny and on a page that will get the reader giggling is a l-o-n-g burp and up comes the seed. He swears off watermelon forever, except for maybe just one little bite.

    The Sonoma County Library has several copies. The AR level is 1.0. This is the author’s first picture book with two more to be published in 2014. You can check out his website here.

    Penny and Her Marble

    Kevin Henkes not only won a Newbery Honor for The Year of Billy Miller but also won a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for Penny and Her Marble.

    Penny is feeling  uncomfortable. She didn’t want to help Mama  make sugar cookies, she wasn’t hungry  and had a hard time getting to sleep last night. Why is she feeling uncomfortable? The day before, she was pushing her doll, Rose, in her stroller down the sidewalk. When she passed Mrs. Goodwin’s house, she saw a beautiful blue marble on the grass. Penny thought Mrs. Goodwin was too old to play with marbles, so she picked it up and put it in her pocket and rushed home. In her room, she found that the marble was smooth and fast. She held it up to the blue sky, it looked like a piece of the sky. Through the window, she spotted Mrs. Goodwin in exactly the place where she found the marble. Was Mrs. Goodwin looking for the marble?

    The morning after her rough night, Penny wakes up with a plan. She puts Rose in the stroller and heads to Mrs. Goodwin’s house to return the marble. How is this story resolved? Did Penny take something that wasn’t meant for her?

    In four short chapters, Kevin Henkes explores a common childhood dilemma using age appropriate words and simple sentences.

    Penny and Her Marble

    The Sonoma County Library has several copies. Even though this is a Level 1 I Can Read book, it has an AR 0f 2.5.  I’ll leave it to someone at a higher pay grade than me to explain the discrepancy.

    Saturday, February 8, 2014


    Mary Sullivan, the author and illustrator of Ball,  knows about dogs, especially ball obsessed dogs. Using only one word, repeated many times, she illustrates the highs and lows of a day in the life of a dog and his red ball. After a few throws, his best little girl pal has to go to school. He tries to interest Mom doing yoga, the baby and even the cat in a game of fetch. No luck! So he devises his own game and finally takes a nap. What does he dream about? You guessed it. Finally his pal comes home and the game continues.

    Mary Sullivan illustrates the body language and facial expressions dog lovers know so well. She dedicates her book to Scout, the best dog in the whole world.


    The Sonoma County Library has a few copies and the Yulupa Library has one copy.  A great book for dog lovers of all ages, I have test driven this book with several people decades past the age of the intended audience. It has been a hit with everyone. No wonder the Theodore Seuss Geisel committee gave it an Honor for 2014.

    Friday, February 7, 2014

    A Big Guy Took My Ball

    Perennial Theodore Seuss Geisel medalist and honor winner, Mo Willems, has written and illustrated a 2014 Honor book,  A Big Guy Took My Ball. True to form, this book is both funny and sweet.

    Piggie has found a big ball and is having fun but a big guy came and took it. Upset, she goes to Gerald for help. It is not right and Gerald offers get her ball back. Big guys have all the fun! Gerald goes to confront the big guy. Turns out that even for an elephant, the big guy is really, really big. He is a whale. As Gerald is explaining to Piggie why he did not get her ball back, the whale comes to thank her for finding his little ball. He says that no one wants to play with him because he is so big. Little guys have all the fun! Gerald and Piggie offer to play “whale ball” with him and all of them have BIG fun.

    A Big Guy Took My Ball

    The AR level is 1.0. The Yulupa Library has one copy and the Sonoma County Library has  several copies.

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

    2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal and Honors

    The Medal winner for 2014 is The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli. Quite an auspicious start for the first time picture book author and illustrator.

     The Watermelon Seed

    The Honors were awarded to Ball by Mary Sullivan. Dog books are always a favorite in my family.


    A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems who seems to have an honor reserved for him every year.

    A Big Guy Took My Ball

    And Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes whose name you might remember for receiving a 2014  Newbery Honor for The Year of Billy Miller.

    Penny and Her Marble

    There is a wonderful video on Kevin Henkes website about how he writes and illustrates. For a relatively young man he is old school.

    Reviews will be forthcoming as soon as I can swipe a couple of these books from my grandchildren or find them in a bookstore or the library.

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    2014 Newbery Medal and Honors

    A book that I loved but didn’t think it had a chance, Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo was awarded the Newbery Medal. I couldn’t resist a superhero squirrel who writes poetry and I guess, neither could the committee.


    The Honors went to Doll Bones by Holly Black

    Doll Bones

    The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

    The Year of Billy Miller 

    One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

    One Came Home

    and Paperboy by Vince Vawter


    Congratulations! I have some reading to do! The Year of Billy Miller is terrific.

    2014 Caldecott Medal and Honors

    Hooray! Hooray!  Locomotive by Brian Floca took the Caldecott Medal for 2014. It just happens to be my favorite picture book of 2013.


    Honors were awarded to Journey by Aaron Becker


    Flora and the Flamingo  by Molly Idle

    Flora and the Flamingo

    and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner.

    Mr Wuffles

    One thing that is interesting to me is that all of the illustrators are also the authors of the stories. In Brian Floca’s case, that includes a written story but just because the other three books are wordless, it doesn’t mean that they don’t tell a story. Aaron Becker has a video on his website about the creation of his book Journey. Congratulations to all!

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

    More Caldecott Contenders

    No one really know what books the Caldecott committee is considering. It is all speculation. Some of the books we have looked at this year keep popping up on mock Caldecott lists. Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld is one of my favorites. I’ve used it often with the students I tutor and they like it too (especially the questions and exclamations). Another one frequently on the lists is On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers has gotten a fair share of attention. As I have mentioned before, Locomotive by Brian Floca is my favorite. Again, we’ll see what the committee picks on Monday morning.

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    The Matchbox Diary

    My grandmother had a china cabinet and buffet filled with, what to my young eyes, were treasures. Each of those treasures had a story, I made her tell me those stories over and over. I learned a lot about my grandparents, but also about my mother’s huge extended family. So I was primed from an early age to love The Matchbox Diary by Peter Fleischman and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.

    A young girl is visiting her great-grandfather. Like my grandmother, the great-grandfather has a room filled with treasures, his favorite is a cigar box containing with little matchboxes or as he explains it to his great-granddaughter, his diary. Each box contains an item which brings back a memory and a story about his life. On one side of the page we see the matchbox and its contents and the facing page is a scene from the great-grandfather’s life. Born in Italy, where sometimes there was not enough to eat is represented by an olive pit. Something his mother gave him to suck on when he was hungry and there was not enough to eat. In another box was a picture of his father who had gone to America in search of a better life. Other boxes contain items like a bottle cap that detail his voyage with his mother and sister to America to join his father. The story goes continues with datelines from newspapers from all over the country as the family traveled to find work. After a time, the family settles down and the boy can go to school and trains to be a printer and to eventually own a bookshop. Perhaps this book will inspire a reader to ask questions about an older relative’s life.

    The Matchbox Diary

    The Sonoma County Library has a few copies of The Matchbox Diary. The AR level is 2.8.

    Monday, January 20, 2014


    Journey is Aaron Becker’s first book. A former concept designer for movie studios,  Aaron Becker decided to do what he had been thinking about for a very long time: create a children’s book. There are no words in Journey but the story is rich and detailed. Our protagonist has no name. Everyone in her house is busy (in ways, that I fear, are all to common in 21st century households). She is bored. Looking around her room, she spies a red marker, picks it up and draws a red door on her bedroom wall. Marker in hand, she opens the door and enters a fantasy world. She comes to a stream and uses her red marker to draw herself a boat. It carries her into a medieval city with elevated waterways. To save herself from going over a waterfall, she draws herself a hot air balloon. Her flight takes her to a flying ship and danger. Will she be able to find her way home and perhaps find a friend at the end of her journey?

    The detailed artwork is done in pen and ink and watercolor. My best guess is that this book has the best chance to be the Caldecott medal winner. We’ll see on January 27th.


    The Sonoma County Library has several copies of Journey

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    The Dark

    Last year, the Caldecott committee bestowed lots of love on Jon Klassen. He won the medal for This Is Not My Hat and an honor for Extra Yarn. Will the committee love him that much this year? The pairing of Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and Jon Klassen seems to be a match made in heaven. The story, written by Lemony Snicket is about Laszlo, a boy who is afraid of the dark. Klassen is known for his use of light and shadow and a limited color pallet that fits a story about learning not to fear the dark.

    Even though Laszlo is afraid of the dark, the dark is not afraid of Laszlo. When the dark comes to Laszlo’s bedroom, he helps the boy find a source of light and learn not to be afraid. The author takes a moment out from the story to explain the usefulness of the dark. The story has helped one of my grandchildren to ease her fears about being in the dark. Others may enjoy the suspense of the story, the ending will be a surprise to some kids.The Dark

    The Sonoma County Library has many copies of The Dark. The AR level is 3.1.

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

    This morning, I voted in Horn Book’s mock Caldecott. The American Library Association will be announcing the Caldecott, Newbery and Giesel Awards on January 27th. It is fun to anticipate what books are up for consideration and which ones may win an award or honor. I don’t mind telling you that my first place vote went to Brian Floca’s Locomotive. Another big contender is Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Peter Brown is the illustrator of one of my favorite picture books of 2012, Creepy Carrots. It  won a 2013 Caldecott Honor.

    Mr. Tiger is bored with his proper Edwardian life. He wants to loosen up, have fun and dare I say it…be wild. He starts walking on all fours, that feels good. Every day he becomes a little wilder until one he sheds his proper Edwardian garb. His friends suggests that if he wants to act wild he should go  live in the wilderness and so he does. He becomes completely wild. But soon, Mr. Tiger is lonely. He misses his friends and his home, so he returns to find that things are beginning to change. Mr. Tiger is free to be himself and so is everyone else.

    Mr Tiger Goes Wild

    Under the paper cover is a beautiful textured Tiger skin cover. Since the Caldecott is really all about the artwork, that alone should catch the attention of the committee.

    The Sonoma County Library has a few copies of Mr Tiger Goes Wild.