Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Book - 2013
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Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.
Publisher: New York ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316200639
Characteristics: 42 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: Mister Tiger goes wild


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Apr 19, 2016

Fantastic Book! Both of my boys (2 and 4) love this book. Beautiful illustrations and great story. It's definitely one of my favorites to read over and over.

Dec 11, 2015

My kid loves this book and he can't even read! Great illustrations. Meow! Or whatever noise tigers make. Roar?

Jul 14, 2015

Everyone is fine with the way things are, normal and good. They are all happy animals. Everyone except Mr. Tiger… Mr. Tiger wants things to change. He wants to act wild! So everyday he acts a little more wild. Starting with dropping on four paws. Then jumping and running around and finally ROARING! His friends lost patience so off went Mr. Tiger into the wilderness. Soon Mr. Tiger got lonely. He missed his friends, the city and his home. So he went back and saw that things were beginning to change. Soon everyone went to the wild and lived peacefully and content.

The images were great! The writing style was cute and created lots of suspense. This book shows that everyone should be wild and live their lives for once. Be wild! We all need to have fun in our lives every once in a while.

CRRL_CraigG Jun 25, 2015

The book is short on dialogue but extensive in its beautiful artistry. Mr. Tiger's fur offers a spark of color rebelling against the drab grays of the civilized world. His orange word bubbles leap from the page. Even the choice of lettering and paper is deliberate.

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BAIR Feb 11, 2015

A beautiful picture book that teaches kids that it is ok to just be yourself.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Uptight society is in for a change when Mr. Tiger goes back to his jungle instincts. It’s Wilderness VS. City. What will win?

May 08, 2014

I am not too proud to admit I read this book exclusively to see jungle animals wearing top hats!


We’ve not many books that touch on the importance of balance in your life, but let me just say that the lesson Mr. Tiger learns here would probably be greatly appreciated by large swaths of the adult population. Kiddos aren’t the only ones that chafe under their proverbial starched collars. A grand, great book with a lot of very smart things to say. Listen up.

ChristchurchKids Dec 02, 2013

In a drab, gray city full of very proper and polite animals, brilliant orange Mr. Tiger is frustrated with the buttoned-down status quo. After scandalising his genteel neighbours by roaring, walking on all fours, and (gasp!) taking off his clothes, Mr. Tiger flees the city for the freedom of the lush, green wilderness. Eventually, however, he misses his friends, and he returns home to find that the uptight city-dwellers have learned to loosen up. This charming and distinctively illustrated tale of self-expression is sure to grab kids who long for a walk on the wild side.

Picture books newsletter, November 2013.

buckeyebranch Aug 29, 2013

Reminiscent in the simplicity of Me...Jane, Peter Brown suceeds in making such a huge issue available to adults and children to be ok being just who you are, and knowing that thats enough.

When Mr. Tiger decides he just doesn't want to live in perfect houses, and have perfect handshakes, and wear perfect clothes anymore, it shakes up the whole neighborhood. He cuts loose and escapes to the wild, only to discover that it doesn't have to be all or nothing, and that maybe he can be himself, and have friends that don't really mind.
Excellent lessons here on acceptance, and authenticity. Share it with your children!


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Feb 22, 2017

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Dec 02, 2015

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No one expected Mr. Tiger to be such a troublemaker. At first he was like everyone else. Sporting starched collars and silk top hats. Attending dignified tea parties and engaging in the usual chitchat about the weather that day. But Mr. Tiger is bored. “He wanted to loosen up. He wanted to have fun. He wanted to be… wild.” But wildness is not tolerated in the city, a fact Mr. Tiger discovers when his explorations into wildness involve pouncing across the rooftops, roaring in public, and going au naturel. It’s that final sin that has him dismissed from the city to the wilderness, where he gets to completely let go. It’s great for a time, but soon Mr. Tiger misses his friends and his home. When he returns he finds more comfortable clothes and the fact that the people there have loosened up a bit themselves, thanks in no small part to his influence.


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“He wanted to loosen up. He wanted to have fun. He wanted to be… wild.”


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