When a Tiger Comes to Dinner

Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins/. Apr. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062568298.
PreS-Gr 1– A mouse sits quietly coloring on the couch when an omniscient narrator tells the mouse that a tiger is coming for dinner. Slightly panicked, the mouse frantically listens to the instructions of the narrator, who has a manual for all things related to tigers. When the tiger finally arrives for a dinner of peanut butter sandwiches, it is clear that the narrator’s instructions might not have been entirely accurate. This is an adorable story and a fun and cheeky read. The pronouncements of tiger preferences and accompanying illustrations are hilarious: tigers hate to be bored, but they do not like checkers. The bold and colorful illustrations keenly display the mouse’s growing anxiety while also providing clever details sprinkled in around the page. Additionally, the language of the text is accessible for young readers while adding a few new vocabulary words along the way.
VERDICT Young children will enjoy reading the story aloud, offering a chance for them to practice speaking in tiger and yelling, “Roar!” The story offers some tips for a being a polite and gracious host with a potential broader message about being welcoming to someone a little different. Important messages for any young child, packaged in a humorous and fun read.

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