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I'm a tiger, too!
Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
Brookfield, CT : Roaring Brook Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm
A boy tries to play imaginative games with a cat, a dog, and a fish, but he does not find a cooperative playmate until he meets another boy.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.0 0.5 58331.

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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Friends can be found in all sorts of places, if your imagination is big enough - in the yard, under the tree, by the pond. But as this handsome picture book shows, sometimes the best friend of all turns up when you least expect it.

Author Notes

Author and illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1962. Some of her well-known works are Lizzy and Skunk; I'm a Tiger, Too!; You, Me and the Big Blue Sea; and The Long March. She has received numerous awards, including two Reading Association of Ireland Children's Book Awards, the Irish Children's Book Trust Book of the Decade Award, and two Bisto Merit Awards for best children's book. She lives in Ireland, but likes to travel and has visited Australia and the United States.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. In a book about imagination and friendship, a young boy spies a cat sitting on a brick wall (behind it, children will notice a «For Sale» sign in the neighbors' yard). The boy asks the cat to play tigers with him, and off they go, play-acting. But the cat runs away. Then the boy sees a dog, and off they go to play wolves. As in Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are (1963), the ordinary world morphs into the landscapes of a youthful imagination--a jungle, a mountaintop, an ocean. But animal acquaintances keep leaving, and the boy is still lonely. When he meets the boy who has moved in next door and discovers someone like himself, a friendship blossoms and new adventures begin. Fitzpatrick's lovely, splashy watercolors add volumes of meaning to a simple text. Kathy Broderick.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fitzpatrick's (Lizzy and Skunk) luminous watercolors and just one to two sentences per page convey a thoughtful take on imagination, friendship and backyard adventure. The opening spread introduces the narrator standing against the brick wall that separates his house from one that's boarded up next door. "Hey, Mew!" he says to his cat, who is standing on the wall. "Are you a tiger? I'm a tiger too." A full-bleed illustration shows the boy and Mew lurking amidst ferns and tall grasses. Mew turns into a tiger; the boy sports stripes and fur (but retains his human characteristics). Framed vignettes on the next spread show the transformed pet running away. "Oh, don't go!" says the boy. "I don't want to be a tiger all alone." The pattern repeats as the boy imagines himself and his dog, Ruff, as wolves; he and Mr. Fish become a sailor and a dolphin in the backyard pond. A dramatic center spread of the forlorn boy standing against the imposing red brick signals the turning point: a series of four panels shows the boy peering over the wall, then opening its blue gate, to meet the new boy next door. The boy invites his new neighbor to play. "I'll be a tiger," he replies. "Then we'll be tigers two." Closing illustrations show the boys, both fully transformed, roaring and stomping through the grass. Ages 4-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This charming story about the power of imagination and friendship opens with a young boy standing somewhat forlornly in his front yard near an obviously vacant house next door. His only companion is a cat sitting on the wall dividing the two properties. The youngster tries to engage the feline in a game of pretending that they are tigers, but the uncooperative animal runs away. The child doesn't fare any better with a dog and a fish that are respectively asked to be a wolf and a sailor. The disappointed lad rests against the lonely garden wall until activity next door rouses him from his melancholy. On the other side is a boy, a boy just like him, who willingly joins in the game. Lovely bright watercolors amplify this simple yet universal tale that is an excellent choice for storytimes.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.