I am a Tiger

Karl Newson

Illustrated by Ross Collins

Ages 3 to 6
16 May 2019
32 pages


Winner of the Leicester Our Best Picture Book Award, and the West Sussex Picture Book Award.

A hilarious and original story about a little mouse with big ideas!

The bold little mouse declares "I am a tiger." and manages to convince a raccoon, a fox, a snake and a bird not only that this is true, but that they are not what they think they are. When a real tiger turns up, can the persuasive and fearless little rodent manage to persuade the tiger that he is a mouse!

With vibrant artwork by award-winning illustrator Ross Collins, and delightful characters created by rising star Karl Newson, I am a Tiger is a story that will amuse and entertain everyone, from the smallest mouse to the biggest tiger.

Picture book about an ebullient mouse who insists he is a tiger.

I AM A TIGER [STARRED REVIEW!] Author: Karl Newson Illustrator: Ross Collins Review Issue Date: June 1, 2019 Online Publish Date: May 8, 2019 Publisher:Scholastic Pages: 32 Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99 Publication Date: July 30, 2019 ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-338-34989-4 Category: Fiction
This mouse has moxie.The titular "tiger" of Newson and Collins' imaginative tale may have been born a mouse, but it's a mouse made up of equal parts imagination and chutzpah. As the story begins, the unnamed, ungendered mouse proclaims proudly: "I am a tiger." As a series of woodland animals begin to argue with the mouse, its claims of tigerhood grow more and more outlandish (and more humorous). When the expected tiger makes its appearance, the mouse doesn't bat an eye as it declares, "You're not a tiger. You're a mouse!" And so begins the second half of the book as the mouse uses its zany logic to define the other animals in the story. The conclusion is open-ended, and readers hungry for more will extend the silliness on their own and hope for a sequel. Newson's fearless tone and Collins' humorous illustrations are a winning combination. The bold cartoons, set against bright, solid-colored backgrounds, are vibrant enough to be seen from the back of the classroom or storyhour room, and the expressions of each animal will definitely inspire rounds of giggles. Fans of David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka's Moo! (2013) and Kevin Sherry's I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean (2007) will add this title to their list of favorites. This is one terrific book. (Picture book. 5-8)