cover image Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Peter Brown. Little, Brown, $18 (48p) ISBN 978-0-316-20063-9

In a gratifying parable about self-actualization, Mr. Tiger lives in a drab society where bipedal animals dressed in fairly Victorian apparel exchange terse salutations, while adhering to rules of etiquette. Though similarly attired in a handsome suit coat and top hat, Mr. Tiger disrupts Brown’s (You Will Be My Friend!) manicured spreads, which are colored in the ashy browns of daguerreotypes; he’s the color of a mango, has lime green eyes, and faces readers with an expression of barely constrained disgruntlement. Mr. Tiger mechanically runs through the motions (stiffly lifting his hat to greet Mr. Deer), but, “He wanted to loosen up. He wanted to have fun. He wanted to be... wild.” Mr. Tiger’s expression turns to delight as he scampers on all fours, sheds his clothes, and heads to the wilderness—“where he went completely wild!” His eventual return to civilization reveals that liberation is on the rise. Readers who prefer the view from underneath the dinner table will find a kindred soul in Brown’s brightly burning character who knows that the wilderness is always waiting, should the need arise. Ages 3–6. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Sept.)