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Kids Fiction 109
book about imaginary friends
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
TIGER WILD is a picture book about imaginary friends and getting into trouble. Lily always blames her mistakes on Tiger, who is very naughty. One day, when Tiger is naughty and refuses to say he is sorry, Lily and Tiger are sent to their room until they can apologize. However, instead, they run away to become wild. They go out into the world and have tons of fun, until Lily's sandwich and map are eaten by Tiger.

Luckily, Penny (caregiver) finds her. Then, Lily decides to come home, but every now and then, she and Tiger go out to be wild.

What I loved: This book is very whimsical and has fun illustrations. I think the concept of the need to be wild and free was intriguing. The font is nice and easy to read throughout, and I appreciated that they placed white text on dark backgrounds.

What left me wanting more: Lily never seems to realize the need for apologizing or for taking responsibility for her actions (she continues to blame everything on Tiger). I am also not really sure about the running away from home that seems to be okay in the end, as they continue to run free, but at least they tell Penny when they go. I felt like these themes really needed to be expanded upon, as this seems to encourage this behavior. I felt that there was a lot of opportunity to take responsibility and show about making amends, and this focused on something unexpected (encouraging rule breaking with the need to be free/wild).

Final verdict: Overall, TIGER WILD is an alright picture book about imaginary friends that may need caution before reading and some discussion following.
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