FICTION

Fox the Tiger

illus. by Corey R. Tabor. 32p. (My First I Can Read). HarperCollins. Aug. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062398697; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780062398673.
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PreS-Gr 1—Fox yearns to be a tiger. "Tigers are big. Tigers are fast…Tigers are the best." Fox and his friends, Turtle and Rabbit, spend the day pretending until a rainstorm washes away their disguises. Tabor uses pencil, watercolor, and crayon in a bright, but earthy palette. Most pages have a single illustration which provides context for one or two sentences. After Fox paints himself to look like a tiger, he admires his new stripes in a full-length mirror, can of paint nearby: "There. Now I am a tiger," says Tiger." The three friends have simple, but expressive cartoon features that add emotion to the story. Limited background details, creamy white pages, and an uncomplicated font are a perfect combination for an emerging reader. A humorous ending provides a positive message of self-acceptance that would have more power if Fox's epiphany came from within, rather than from the affirmation of others.
VERDICT This is Fox's first appearance in an easy reader and it will surely be popular with children who enjoyed him in picture book format.

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