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.
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.