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Camp Tiger



by
Susan Choi
illustrated by
John Rocco

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN
9780399173295

Awards and Honors
SLJ Best Books - 2019
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JLG Category

Primary Plus

Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond.

Usually, they see things like an eagle fishing for his dinner, a salamander with red spots on its back, and chipmunks that come to steal food while the family sits by the campfire.

But this year is different. This year, the boy is going into first grade, and his mother is encouraging him to do things on his own, just like his older brother. And the most different thing of all…this year, a tiger comes to the woods.

With lyrical prose and dazzling art, Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi and Caldecott-honor winning artist John Rocco have created a moving and joyful ode to growing up.

Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Dewey

E

AR

3.4: points 0.5

Lexile

560L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Camping. Tigers. Family life.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*, Booklist*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*

School Library Journal

A tiger joins a young boy and his family as they enjoy a camping weekend in the mountains. It creeps out of the woods while they are making camp and asks whether they have an extra tent where he can take shelter from the cold. The boy and tiger spend the night together, and the creature remains throughout the weekend, even joining the family on a fishing excursion. On the last night, the animal takes the boy out in the canoe. They lie on their backs, gazing at the stars, until his parents lift the youngster into their tent. Alert readers will notice several hints that the tiger is an imaginary comfort creature, conjured up by the young narrator who is afraid of going into first grade and becoming more independent like his older brother. The tiger is small and “starts acting like a cat—a more regular cat.” The boy even tells the animal that tigers don’t live in the mountains. The mixed media illustrations are stunning. Rocco’s cover image of the tiger, yellow eyes staring out at readers, is so huge its head seems to form a road for the hiking family. On one spread, the boy and tiger are curled up together, one large C encircling a smaller one. Back at home, wearing tiger-striped pajamas, the boy draws his imaginary friend “before [he] forget[s].” This beautiful paring of text and illustrations is an excellent choice for group sharing and can spark discussion about ways to cope with new situations.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

A tiger joins a young boy and his family as they enjoy a camping weekend in the mountains. It creeps out of the woods while they are making camp and asks whether they have an extra tent where he can take shelter from the cold. The boy and tiger spend the night together, and the creature remains throughout the weekend, even joining the family on a fishing excursion. On the last night, the animal takes the boy out in the canoe. They lie on their backs, gazing at the stars, until his parents lift the youngster into their tent. Alert readers will notice several hints that the tiger is an imaginary comfort creature, conjured up by the young narrator who is afraid of going into first grade and becoming more independent like his older brother. The tiger is small and “starts acting like a cat—a more regular cat.” The boy even tells the animal that tigers don’t live in the mountains. The mixed media illustrations are stunning. Rocco’s cover image of the tiger, yellow eyes staring out at readers, is so huge its head seems to form a road for the hiking family. On one spread, the boy and tiger are curled up together, one large C encircling a smaller one. Back at home, wearing tiger-striped pajamas, the boy draws his imaginary friend “before [he] forget[s].” This beautiful paring of text and illustrations is an excellent choice for group sharing and can spark discussion about ways to cope with new situations.

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