Jeff Goes Wild

by Angela Rozelaar (Author) Angela Rozelaar (Illustrator)

Jeff Goes Wild
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

For rainy day reads or as motivation for the littlest readers, this adorable and affirming picture book adventure from author/illustrator Angie Rozelaar is perfect for fans of Lions Lessons and Max the Brave!

Bursting with vibrant colors and adorable illustrations, this story follows one little cat named Jeff as he imagines himself as a ferocious tiger in the jungle where he can be free from the rules of indoors! Escaping in his imagination to exercise his wild side, Jeff meets other animals in the jungle. With their help, Jeff learns to appreciate himself for who he is: not a tiger, but a little kitty who can be just as wild.

With an uplifting message for young readers and text with call-and-response, jaunty refrains, and rhyme throughout, Jeff Goes Wild is perfect for read-alouds and will have everyone roaring along with Jeff as he goes wild!

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-K--Jeffrey Fluffy McSnuggle-Tum, or Jeff for short, is an orange-striped cat fueled by a huge imagination and a strong sense of self. On a rainy afternoon, he uses both to become a tiger with hilarious results. Jeff begins his prowling about in his home, but soon falls asleep on a chair and dreams he is in a jungle acting as a tiger until he meets one. Rozelaar (The Great Pumpkin Contest) creates a playful space of repetition children will want to reenact as Jeff shows off his claws and bellows a mighty roar. Gouache and collage are used for the digital artwork, which brings movement, depth, and dynamism to the spreads. Jeff's sassiness and cleverness sparkle across his face and in words, especially when he meets the dream tiger, and he quickly adapts without losing his sense of self. VERDICT Every library needs Jeff to empower children to be themselves, dream big, and that it's okay to be a little wild.--Rachel Zuffa, Case H.S., Racine, WI

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"VERDICT Every library needs Jeff to empower children to be themselves, dream big, and that it's okay to be a little wild."—School Library Journal (starred review)
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date
January 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV002150 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
JUV002340 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Jungle Animals
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Jungle animals

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