It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard (Chronicle, 2012) is a story of a child telling a story, and somehow a tiger keeps appearing, hidden amid the branches of the jungle. The bright ink illustrations give the jungle and the tiger a friendly cartoon-like feel, and the fact that the tiger ends up being a friend makes it all the more inviting to the young reader.
My son (age 5) and I enjoyed the repetition of the tiger appearing in the story and he liked looking for the tiger hiding in the scenery. I like the concept of a story taking over the storyteller. No matter what the boy did, a tiger kept appearing! It’s a Tiger! is lots of fun.
This book is a 2012 Cybils nominated book.