It’s a Tiger!, written and illustrated by David LaRochelle, is my current favorite book to read with young children. Whether it’s practicum, children’s hospital volunteering, or Thanksgiving with my young cousins, I’m always sharing this book. In this book, the reader encounters a tiger in the jungle and tries to escape him, but he keeps running into the tiger everywhere he goes! At the end of the book, we learn that the tiger is friendly and not scary after all.
This book is such a fun read because it encourages audience engagement and participation. The repeated refrain “It’s a tiger!” provides an opportunity to make predictions and take an active role in the story. Additionally, the gorgeous illustrations offer a sort of hidden picture feature. On most of the spreads, you can look for a hidden tiger tail or tiger ears. Every child I’ve read this book with has loved hunting for the hidden tiger clues and shouting “It’s a tiger!” when we turn the page to discover that we have run into the tiger yet again!
By Madeleine Jones