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Kashmira Sheth, author
Jeffery Ebbeler, illustrator
Inside Jacket: Sometimes it is almost impossible to get your big sister to read your favorite book to you. Sometimes you have to go to great lengths even to get her attention! But if you’re really creative and use your imagination, you might just get what you want. Take care, though, not to go too far. Once you conjure up a tiger, there’s no telling where it might lead . . .
First Sentence: Today, my big sister is in charge of the house, the lunch, and me.
A young boy, left home with his big sister, wants her to read him his favorite book. She tells him no and goes back to reading her own book with her mp3 player connected to her ears. After looking at the pictures by himself and asking one more time, only to be told no, the young boy says,
Big sister makes him soup, warning that it is hot. And, no, she will not read his book to him. Maybe later. Rising from the soup comes a puff of steam that transforms into a huge, teeth-baring, ferocious tiger. On the floor, the tiger looks even larger and very, very hungry. The young boy’s sister is oblivious to what is happening, so the boy must defend himself. With spoon in hand, he takes on the tiger. When the tiger spits at the boy he declares war. Who will win this war? Will big sister ever notice the teeth-baring, loud-roaring tiger that is after her brother? Most importantly, will she ever read him his favorite book?
I love Tiger in My Soup for its creativity, imagination, humor, and the wonderful illustrations that bring the story to life. Neither kid has a name, which allows them to be you or me. I love being able to put myself in the story. They both enjoy stories and neither wants to wait, but having his book read to him is not something he can force his sister to do . . . or can he? The joy and fun of picture books is having them read to you, hopefully while the reader uses different voices for the characters. When his sister will not stop reading her book to read him his, the young boy’s imagination takes off. Soon a Bengal tiger is roaring in his soup and just as quickly on the floor.
The illustrations creatively add to the story. The kids’ home is built on a mound of rocks that originate in the water. A dock/walkway takes them to dry land. The house itself would impress Frank Lloyd Wright. Each inside cover has rows of alphabet soup cans reminiscent of Andy Warhol. In, out and around the soup cans, the tiger is hunting and the young boy is hiding. These details continue on nearly every page. The young boy does not just say his book is about tigers, he acts out a ferocious tiger. There is a cookie jar nearby that looks afraid and the bowl of soup spells out R-O-A-R as the tiger emerges. I love these kinds of details that may not be necessary, but add a tremendous amount of fun to the book. The most impressive spread (for me), shows the sister up close reading her book, oblivious to her younger brother taking on a Bengal tiger in the background. Three fight scenes flow over her head. It is fantastic. I wish I had it to show you.
Kids will love Tiger in My Soup no matter the age. Intended for age four to eight, older kids will enjoy reading to their younger sibling. This is one book made for voices and I doubt there is a parent who will be able to resist roaring. Children will latch onto a favorite picture book, insisting that it be read every day or night. A Tiger in My Soup is that kind of picture book. Since it is fun to read and a laugh to look at, reading this several times, even in one day, will not wear on the nerves too quickly. Laughs will be plenty from all involved.
A Tiger in My Soup is wonderful for the joy of reading each character expresses. The young boy cannot wait to have his book read to him, but must wait until his sister takes a break from the book she finds engrossing. Is this not a great message about reading? In any case, children will love A Tiger in My Soup, especially those who are thrilled with tigers . . . and maybe lions and bears? (oh, my!)
Kashmira Sheth, author website blog Jeffery Ebbeler, illustrator website Peachtree Publishers website blog facebook Released April 1, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-56145-696-3 32 Pages Ages: 4 to 8 . Copyright © 2013 by Peachtree Publishers, used with permission. Text: Copyright © 2013 by Kashmira Sheth Illustrations: copyright © 2013 by Jeffery Ebbeler
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