Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

by Peter Brown (Author)

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Are you bored with being so proper?
Do you want to have more fun?
Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild.
But does he go too far?
From Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown comes a story that shows there's a time and place for everything...even going wild.
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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

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.)

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

K-Gr 2--Mr. Tiger lives in a perfectly fine world of prim and proper ladies and gentlemen. One day, the stiff suits, dainty teas, and Victorian manners begin to bore him... and he has a very wild idea. This "it's okay to be different" story stands out from other picture books on the topic thanks to Brown's delightfully clever illustrations and masterful compositions. From the tiger-striped cover that begs to be petted to the ingenious pops of bright orange (Brown's new signature color?) amid muted browns and grays, the award-winning illustrator does not disappoint. Children will appreciate Mr. Tiger's transformation and the way his friends eventually accept his (and their own) uniqueness. Several wordless spreads encourage audience participation while subtle visual clues gently build his character. A full spread featuring the newly liberated Mr. Tiger au naturel is delivered with pitch-perfect comedic timing and is guaranteed to inspire wild giggles. Sure to be an instant read-aloud classic in classrooms and libraries.--Kiera Parrott, Darien Library, CT

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New York Times BestsellerAmazon Best Children's Book of 2013ALSC Notable Children's BookPublishers Weekly Best Book of the YearSchool Library Journal Best Book of the YearA Horn Book FanfareBooklist Editors' ChoiceKirkus Best Children's Book of the YearBoston Globe-Horn Book Awards Picture Book Winner
Peter Brown
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 20, 2013
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002150 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
Library of Congress categories
City and town life
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Virginia Readers Choice Award
Nominee 2016 - 2016
Winner 2013 - 2013
Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up)
Recommended 2013 - 2013
Golden Kite
Winner 2014 - 2014
E.B. White Read Aloud Award
Honor Book 2014 - 2014
Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
Winner 2014 - 2014
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2014 - 2014
North Carolina Children's Book Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
Star of the North Picture Book Award
Nominee 2014 - 2015
Young Hoosier Book Award
Nominee 2016 - 2016
Red Clover Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award
Winner 2014 - 2014
Georgia Children's Book Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015
Colorado Children's Book Award
Nominee 2015 - 2015

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