Lily is a little girl with big emotions. And sometimes she can't keep herself from acting out and being naughty. Or rather, her imaginary friend, Tiger, is the naughty one. So when Tiger convinces her to run away, they have a blast stomping and jumping and going wild. But what is Lily to do when their adventure starts to feel a bit too wild?
Tiger Wild gently illustrates how sometimes we all need a little help when certain feelings are hard to express. For there is a time to be wild and a time to be mild.
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.