Tiger Trouble (Tig and Lily #1)

by Dan Thompson (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: TIG and Lily

Lions, Tigers, and . . . a house cat?! Oh my! Life at the zoo gets complicated when a tiger finds out she as a new roommate. A purr-fect graphic chapter book series!

What makes a tiger, a tiger? Is it the stripes? The roar? This is something that Lily, the tiger at the local zoo, has never had to worry about -- until she meets the fiercest animal of them all . . . her new roommate. Tig might look like a house cat, might sound like a house cat, but Tig knows he is a Tiger.

The competition is on as these two cats figure out what it means to be a Tiger . . . and a friend.

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Publishers Weekly

Tig, a tiny marmalade-colored house cat who's convinced he's a tiger, makes himself at home in the zoo habitat of Lily, a large, levelheaded tiger, in this tongue-in-cheek graphic novel series launch by Thompson (Escape from Camp Cooties). When Tig arrives--"It's so great to be home!" he declares--Lily is initially confused by the feline's belief that she is not, in fact, a tiger like Tig. Lily is momentarily flummoxed, believing that maybe she really isn't a tiger, but confirmation from the habitat's interpretative plaque reminds her of what she is. Now more secure in her own skin, Lily is able to rescue Tig from a confrontation with two hostile tigers who attempt to take the air out of the kitty's inflated sense of self. "You can be whatever you want to be," Lily asserts, and this offer of friendship makes Tig almost conciliatory--even if he doesn't really change his stripes: "With a little more practice, you could be a tiger just like me," he says. The minimally detailed, single-panel drawings allow the jaunty dialogue to shine, and budding aficionados of snappy verbal repartee will find their funny bones thoroughly tickled. Ages 5-8. Agent: Judy Hansen, Hansen Literary. (May)

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"Budding aficionados of snappy verbal repartee will find their funny bones thoroughly tickled." —Publishers Weekly
Dan Thompson
Dan Thompson is a cartoonist for the syndicated Rip Haywire comic strip and other comics. He loves the zoo and animals. The Tig and Lily series is his debut graphic novel series.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Graphic
Publication date
May 20, 2023
TIG and Lily
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV008110 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Humorous
JUV008050 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Animals
Library of Congress categories
Identity (Psychology)
Zoo animals
Graphic novels
Cartoons and comics

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