Stumbling Upon a Scary Monster and a Wild Tiger

Ok, maybe not really. At least not together anyway. But let me tell you about the ones I recently encountered.

So, maybe you’ve heard of a guy named Peter Brown? Or you may have read my earlier post about his hilariously, witty picturebook Children Make Terrible Pets. Well, I borrowed two more of his children’s books from the library the other day and laughed my heart out again. This guy tells some amazingly, funny stories. I’m sure you and your little ones will adore them as much as I did.

Here are a few reasons I’m a Peter Brown fan:

Back end flap from Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Back end flap from Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

1. consistency – This author/illustrator always uses every inch of a book to connect with his readers; even the end flaps.

2. age appropriate – Brown uses language kids are familiar with and can easily read.

3. humor – His stories are uniquely funny and adult readers will laugh at the similarity between the characters and children they know. The cherry on top is how Brown’s illustrations enhance the text. The characters’ facial expressions in My Teacher is a Monster! (No I Am Not.) are priceless.

4. illustrations – Brown’s use of warm earth tones (in the background) is so calm and soothing – a pleasant contrast to the humorous text. Using mostly green and brown hues, he manages to add “pops” of color with subtle tints of pink. I love how he expands on this in Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, where he uses a bright orange against brown hues to make the tiger stand out. What I love most about Brown’s illustrations are his effective use of white space to emphasize important details in the artwork.

Example of Brown's use of white space

Example of Brown’s use of white space

The next time you’re at your public library, or near a bookstore, pick these up.

My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)teachre

Written & illustrated by Peter Brown

Published by Little, Brown, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-316-07029-4

Format: Picturebook

40 Pages ~ Ages 4-8

Brief Summary

Little Bobby is not a fan of his teacher, Ms. Kirby. She stomps and roars; quite frankly, she’s a monster. At least that’s what he thought…until he ran into her outside of school. Maybe she’s not so bad after all…or is she?

Awards: ALA Notable Book, Indiebound Bestseller, three starred reviews

Mr. Tiger Goes Wildtiger

Written & illustrated by Peter Brown

Published by Little, Brown, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-316-20063-9

Format: Picturebook

40 Pages ~ Ages 3-6

Brief Summary

Mr. Tiger has become a little bored with being just like everyone else. He’s tired of being proper and doing what’s expected. Fed up, he decides it’s time to be himself, and goes a little wild. Will his friends accept him for who he is?

Awards: ALA Notable Book, Horn Book Award, Golden Kite Award, E.B. White Read Aloud Honor, Indiebound Bestseller, New York Times Bestseller, five starred reviews

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