cover image A Tiger Called Tomás

A Tiger Called Tomás

Charlotte Zolotow, illus. by Marta Álvarez Miguéns. Jabberwocky, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4926-0171-5

First published in 1963 and reissued twice since then, this story about a little boy who worries that no one will like him has been illustrated in various ways. In this fourth version, Tomás is Latino, and touches of Spanish alter the text: “Why shouldn’t they like you?” Tomás’s mother asks him, “Por qué no?” When Halloween comes, she presents him with a tiger costume, and the disguise gives Tomás the courage he needs to venture forth. Colorful artwork by Miguéns (Shark Lady) concentrates on eyes and on looking: Tomás’s lonely gaze from the steps, his mother’s conspiratorial glance as she brings home his costume, the eyes he sees in the mirror through his mask, and the welcoming looks of his neighbors on Halloween night. Zolotow’s fine, sensitive writing captures the power that dressing up gives Tomás. Young readers know how magical wearing a costume feels, and they’ll be amused by the way all the neighbors seem to know Tomás—and warmly greet him, despite his disguise—in this successful reboot. Ages 3–6. [em](Aug.) [/em]