Once Upon a Story
December 3, 2013

17333265Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release date: September 2013

Ages: 3-7

Pages: 42

From the publisher:

Are you bored with being so proper?

Do you want to have more fun?
Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild.
But does he go too far?
My thoughts:
Let’s be honest.  It’s Peter Brown.  The same mind who brought us the hilarity of Children Make Terrible Pets and the wonder of The Curious Garden.  Of course Mr. Tiger Goes Wild is going to be a hit.
When I first read the book with my daughter, she had this to say:
To which Mr. Brown responded:



And that pretty much sums it up.  Reading this book as an adult, the message is both clear and timeless:
Be yourself.

But that message is embedded in a story about a community of animals who are so uptight as to seem almost Puritan (the illustrations add greatly here). Mr. Tiger tries to fit in, he does. He dresses the right way, says the right things, behaves with the right manners. But something inside of him is just “roaring” to get out. When it does, the town’s reaction is not positive. But over time, Mr. Tiger and his neighbors are able to reach a peace, one we hope all children, even the most “wild” of children, are able to find. There is, after all, a time to be proper and a time to be wild. As a parent, I feel as if I’m relaying this message 1000x a day. Apparently, it’s a message Peter Brown has heard, too.


Go read the story (psssttt!  If you don’t own it, I’m giving a copy away below!)



Because right now, on his website, Peter Brown is offering a free printable activity kit.


There’s a second bonus kit of holiday activities.


Oh, and did you catch that bit about my having a copy to give away?


Thanks to LB Kids and Blue Slip Media, I have a copy of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild for you! Just fill out the form below between now and December 10th for your chance to win! U.S Residents only.



3 responses to “Downloads and Giveaway! Mr. Tiger Goes Wild”

  1. The book looks terrific. Like the video. I thought this might be about acting yourself rather than like the crowd, but knowing when to act crazy and wild and when to be reserved is a good message.

  2. A giveaway for this book?! Yes, please! This is one of my favorite picture books from this year!

  3. Stacy Couch says:

    Love nakey critters! Too cute.

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