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Friday, May 17, 2013

There's a Tiger in My Soup!

Tiger in My Soup 
by Kashmira Sheth; illustrated by Jeffery Ebbeler
32 pages; ages 4-8
Peachtree 2013

theme: reading, imagination, and what can you do to get your sister to pay attention to you...
 Today, my big sister is in charge of the house, the lunch, and me.
I hold up my book. "Will you read to me?" I ask.
"Not now," she says.
What's a guy to do when his sister is too busy reading her own book to sit down and read to him? Especially his favorite book - the one about tigers? She's so engrossed in her novel that she doesn't see the tiger in the alphabet soup. She misses out on the chase scenes, the running-for-your-life scenes... indeed, all the action going on in the kitchen.

I love the imagination, the roaring, and most of all the spoon-wielding kid wearing a colander on his head - so like my own kids at that age.

Beyond the Book
Find wild animals in your soup. One of the games we used to play at lunchtime was finding words in alphabet soup. You can use alphabet cereal - or even scrabble tiles - but it's just so much more fun to spell out animals and eat them. Especially lions and tigers and bears (oh my).

Where Tigers really live - it's not a can of soup. This National Geographic Creature Feature has maps to show where tigers live, as well as cool facts and a great video of a tiger getting a bath.

It's also part of PPBF (perfect picture book Friday), an event in which bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. She keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. Review copy provided by publisher


  1. How fun! I can just see my son reacting like this to his sister. I sense a lot of energy in these pages!

  2. LOVE the title! What a creative idea for a book! It looks delightful.

  3. What a very clever and fun story. Sounds like the brother will go to the end of the earth to get his sister's attention. Great choice.

    1. some kids (as we well know) go to great lengths to get attention.

  4. Love the NG Creature Feature! I am always a fan of wild imagination picture books!

  5. Sue - this sounds like a fun read. I'll have to track it down and gobble it up. :)

  6. Thanks for introducing me to this title. I love the sound of the opening lines from first person viewpoint. It's going on my list.

  7. I've seen this book around and can't wait to actually read it! It looks great! and a good one for Endangered Species Day! Some soup sounds good right now! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Love this, reminds me of when a kid my brother and I fought at the table...lol. Fun story. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I've heard of that one but I don't think I've read it. It reminds me of Life of Pi. TBR pile, thanks!

  10. Sue, thank you for giving the opening lines. It was wonderful to hear the 'voice' of the boy...so true and authentic. Looks like a fun story...thanks for sharing it..how will we get to read all of these wonderful books? :)

  11. You had me at the title!!! Sounds wonderful! Plus he illustrated Susanna's Phyllis books and One Is A Feast for Mouse which I absolutely love! Thanks for the review!