August the Tiger
By Marieke van Ditshuizen • Illustrated by Marieke van Ditshuizen$ 17.95
“An imaginative and playful escapade… many elements for readers to laugh at and explore.” — Kirkus Reviews
About this book
A funny picture book from a leading Dutch children's book author and illustrator.
August is a tiger, that's for sure, because Mom always says he's wild.
And tigers are wild, so August must be a tiger.
But what if he becomes a real tiger?
A funny and imaginative picture book about an energetic boy for wild tigers ages four and up.Brand: Marieke van Ditshuizen
“An imaginative and playful escapade… A boy named August can’t help but make a carefree mess. His mom admonishes him with a smile, ‘August, don’t act so WILD!’ The stripe-shirted boy reasons, ‘tigers are WILD, so [he] must be a TIGER.’ Mom relocates the rambunctious August to the sandbox. Bemoaning his banishment, August wants to yell, but, instead, he lets loose a roar. Surprised, he realizes he has turned into an actual, child-sized tiger. He leaves his backyard and carouses in his new feline freedom, hunting prey (a butterfly; a zebra-striped crosswalk). August finds his friends at the park, but they run away in fear, not recognizing him. Sad and alone, he hears his mom calling. After running home, tiger and mom good-naturedly roughhouse until August, now back in human form, is ready for bed. August declares that he’s done being a tiger, but, since ‘tomorrow is another day,’ he might be a dinosaur! … [T]he illustrations serve the straightforward story well. Paintbrush effects keep visuals smooth, as when giving tiger fur its apropos softness, and even the urban elements seem arcadian. The tiny ears and tail that appear as August wishes to be a real tiger are well-placed hints at the change to come—some of the many elements for readers to laugh at and explore.” — Kirkus Reviews