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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  4,979 Ratings  ·  617 Reviews
Are you bored with being so proper?
Do you want to have more fun?
Mr Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild.
But does he go too far?
There is a time and place for everything...even going wild.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Hachette Little, Brown & Co
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2014 Mock Caldecott
5th out of 79 books — 223 voters
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Jubilation Lee
Here’s Mr. Tiger!

Isn’t he a dapper sort of fellow?

He lives in some sort of Victorian-esque city, where the entire population is comprised of incredibly proper, tea-drinking individuals who greet their neighbors politely, and never ever run, and strut around with sticks up their collective ass.

So clearly it’s only a matter of time before Mr. Tiger completely loses his shit.

He’s down on four legs! He’s climbing buildings and chasing Respectable Citizens! He’s swimming naked in the fountain! OH GOD
Jan 01, 2014 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Here’s a fun exercise to liven up a gloomy day. Find yourself a copy of the picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Now turn to the publication page. It’s the green one opposite the title page at the beginning of the book. Now scroll down until you find the Library of Congress subject headings for this title. The very first one reads, “Self-actualization (Psychology)”. I am no cataloger, nor do I particularly mind it when they attribute terms of this sort to picture books, but anyone can see that this ...more
Jun 11, 2016 Nariman rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, 2015, omr, tl, bn
Beautiful pictures , and wonderful premise.
Really funny , I could feel the tiger boredom with properness, it's really boring , lol !!
Dec 09, 2013 Meredith rated it liked it
Mr. Tiger wears a suit and top hat and lives in a pseudo-Victorian city until he finally can no longer stand the oppression and goes wild. It is a cute and simple story.

The illustrator makes a marvelous use of use. In the city, everything is sepia-toned except for Mr. Tiger's orange. Even his dialogue boxes are orange, and everything in the wilderness is brightly colored.

Unfortunately, I read this with my toddler on a day that she was supposed to be good and pose nicely for Christmas pictures, a
Oct 03, 2015 Molly rated it liked it
Rating, 3.5


Nice short story along the lines of "be who you are". Mr. Tiger feels suffocated by the stiff society, and decides to shake things up. Probably fun for kids. Not bad, not great.... we just didn't click. I don't think is the book ... it must be me.
Sep 14, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing
I am so in love with this book right now. Not only does it espouse the wonderful messages of following one's bliss and trusting one's instincts (lessons I apparently had to re-learn recently) but the fabulous art totally transports me back to the '60s of my youth. Good life lessons + nostalgia...what more could one ask for?
Sep 19, 2013 Anina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I normally don't review picture books but this one is your life coach and
spiritual manifesto.

Don't forget to look at the cover under the jacket, this book has got the fly details!
Sep 04, 2013 Donalyn rated it really liked it
Lush, intricate illustrations. You've got to love a tiger in a stovepipe hat.
Amy Rae
Feb 13, 2014 Amy Rae rated it it was ok
My two-star rating is for the fact that the illustrations were excellently painted, and the text was engaging.

My not-five-star rating is because I found myself...I think the best word for it is "discomfited." I was discomfited by the imagery Brown chose to use as the subject of the illustration. Mr. Tiger's original milieu is reminiscent of the buttoned-up society of Victorian England; when he lets loose and "goes wild," it's in a vivid, empty green jungle. (Where? Who knows--but one is reminded
The Library Lady
Dec 27, 2014 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a lovely book--Caldecott worthy in my opinion in terms of its art work.
Of course, what do I know, I've only been in this line of work for about 30 years, and I'm not a hipster librarian who goes to "Kid Lit Drink Nights"
The limited color palette--which embodies the "proper" feel at the opening of the book makes Tiger's bright orange face (and later his full tiger body) pop on the page. It's skilled technique. But much as I love the art, I am not sure though that the layout, with several
Aug 27, 2013 Karin rated it really liked it
Mr. Tiger lives in town where everything is very proper. But, sometimes he feels like letting loose. One day he decides to get down on all fours to walk around. That felt so good that he started to ROAR. Then, that felt so good that he takes off all of his clothes.

The other animals in town don't approve of his behavior AT ALL. They tell him if he is going to act wild then to take it to the wilderness. Mr. Tiger thinks that's a great idea. At first he is thrilled to run around free, but soon he g
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Written and Illustrated by Peter Brown
2013; 40 Pages
Genre: animals, picture book, children's

A very cute book about animals behaving very civilized - wearing clothes and walking on two legs. Then one day Mr. Tiger slowly starts to misbehave - first not wearing as many clothes, then walking on all 4 legs and roaring loudly! When all his friends shun his new lifestyle he runs off into the wild to be himself. He learns that it can be lonely in the wilderness so returns home to be s
Oct 21, 2013 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: identity requests
Recommended to June by: Cap Choices 2014
"Mr. Tiger was bored with with always being so proper." First he walks on all fours. He acts wilder and wilder until he goes too far. When he doesn't wear clothes his friends ask him to leave. He goes completely wild, but realizes he misses his friends. He returns to find things are changing in the city. Nice artwork, with gradual introduction of color.

I'm going to have to round this up. As Anina says look under the plastic book cover.
Apr 12, 2014 Bethany rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
In the tradition of "The Big Orange Splot," "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" does an elegant job encouraging readers to do the simple but often forgotten thing of just being who you are. In Mr. Tiger's case, this means being his wild tiger self and not the civilized, bi-pedal, human-esque persona his city friends expect him to be. The story fails to follow a conventionally smooth arc once Mr. Tiger goes completely wild, but I think that's okay! It mimics the way a child of reading age would tell a story (e ...more
Aug 30, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Mr. Tiger is very proper. He dresses in a suit and top hat and lives in a townhouse in the city. But he's getting tired of being so proper. He changes bit by bit... First walking on all fours!!!! (Oh my) Eventually, he undresses and goes wild... And into the wild.

I LOVE the illustrations. Peter Brown has a video online where he talks about his process, and it is well worth watching. He has an excellent sense of design, and uses it to help tell the story.

My only problem with this story *SPOILER
Sep 24, 2013 babyhippoface rated it liked it
This is one of those books that everyone loves that I think is just "okay". So then I worry that I didn't read it closely enough, didn't appreciate it enough, or something. The illustrations are fun, but the story just didn't do anything for me.
Kristen Eckhardt
Jul 02, 2015 Kristen Eckhardt rated it really liked it
Category/Genre: Picture Book
Age Level: PreK-3rd Grade
Reading Level: 1.9 (grade)

This picture book will delight young and old audiences alike with its lively, nuanced illustrations and storyline about behaving in a civil manner. When Mr. Tiger pushes the limits in his provincial town by behaving inappropriately he flees to the wilderness where he can go “completely wild” with abandon. After a while, though, he becomes lonely and is ultimately welcomed home by townsfolk offering him less convention
Colby Sharp
Jul 06, 2013 Colby Sharp rated it it was amazing
Caldcott contender?
Thank you to my dear boyfriend for gifting me this book! <3

This was an amazingly fun book, about letting your wild side out. Because acting prim and proper is all fun and that, but at times one just wants to go wild and have a bit of fun. And that is exactly what mister Tiger did. He was being all prim and proper, just like his many friends, but he just didn't like it any more. He didn't want to be restricted, he wanted to do something else. I was just cheering for this guy, cheering for him
Carson Anderson
Nov 16, 2015 Carson Anderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
This is a really cute book about being true to yourself and being who you really are. Mr. Tiger lives in a proper and boring town. There are many books that talk about being yourself, but this one has a wild side! He is unhappy always doing as everyone else does. So finally Mr. Tiger decides to be wild and be his real self by getting rid of his stuffy clothes and going to the wilderness. He has so much fun in the wilderness but then begins to miss his city and friends. When he decides to return, ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Mr. Tiger was bored with the proper life he was living. Filled with tea and stilted conversation each day, he longed to get wild. Then one day, he does just that by starting to walk on four legs instead of two. He felt better immediately. And each day, got wilder yet: roaring, casing people, bounding across rooftops. Then he took it one more step and left his clothes behind. The other disapproved and sent him off to live in the wilderness unless he could change back and act properly. So Mr. Tige ...more
I love it. The illustrations especially! What a great use of color. And that's the cutest tiger, even when he's wild. I think this is a great choice for preschool storytime.

1/8/14: Used in Topsy-Turvy theme. They loved it! We all enjoyed the laugh at the idea of him swimming in the fountain AND taking off his clothes (gasp!) even though they knew that was normal for a tiger. Hilarious and amazing how easily they picked up on the animals acting like humans and noticing ANYTHING that was different
The inner and outer tiger in Mr. Tiger seem to have tamed at the start of this picture book. After all, in very proper fashion, he's strapped into a coat, shirt, tie, and even a top hat. But he's bored with his lifestyle and longs to do something out of the norm. His first step away from what everyone else is doing is fairly simple, but he engages in increasingly daring acts that prompt disdain from this friends and neighbors, who suggest that he go somewhere that will allow him to be himself. H ...more
Vincent Desjardins
Dec 29, 2013 Vincent Desjardins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I first became aware of author/illustrator Peter Brown with his lovely picture book from 2009, “The Curious Garden.” I’ve followed his output ever since and with his latest book, “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild,” he has become one of my favorite author/illustrators. Using minimal text in combination with his wonderfully mid-century style illustrations, Brown manages to tell a surprisingly complex tale of bucking the norm and being true to oneself. Mr. Tiger lives in a society of animals that dress in human ...more
Markku Kesti
Dec 15, 2014 Markku Kesti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elaimet, kuvakirja
Ehdottomasti niitä vuoden parempia kuvakirjoja. Yksinkertainen, vähän tekstiä, mutta ilmeikäs kuvitus korrektiuteen ja hyviin tapoihin niin maan perusteellisen täydellisesti ryytyneeseen kaupunkilaistiikeriin joka päättää , että on aika hieman repäistä.
Callie Rose Tyler
Jul 18, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler rated it really liked it

Get stylized art makes the illustrations stand out and they compliment the story well.

Humorous but with a great message about being yourself even (especially) if it makes you different.
Jenn Clauss
Jul 02, 2015 Jenn Clauss rated it it was amazing
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild is an absolutely delightful picture book with beautiful illustrations and a substantive plot. It's definitely a modern classic I'll be reading to my daughter for years to come!
Oh how I love Peter Brown. The double-page spread in which Mr. Tiger gets his "wild idea" is hilarious. So many perfectly-executed visual jokes in this breaking-free story. The style reminds me of The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau meets A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers.
Judy Desetti
Feb 02, 2014 Judy Desetti rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book-k-3
Everyone talked about this book and many were disappointed it did not get a nod from the Caldecott committee. It's okay but did not do anything for me. Not a selection I can get worked up about.
Nov 02, 2013 Joy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, cats
A clever, not too cutesy tale of a tiger who decides to be himself. I adore the illustrations which start out with a mostly monochromatic palette that brightens as Mr. Tiger explores his wilder side. They are really wonderful in a Jon Klassen meets Henri Rousseau style. The message to be yourself isn't heavy handed, but told in an easy, delightful way that lets the pictures do most of the work. It's a hit with both my kids and a lot of fun for me to read too. Oh, and love the ending, animals in ...more
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Peter has always loved telling stories. Growing up in New Jersey, he told stories by drawing whimsical characters and scenes from his imagination. Then, as a teenager, he fell in love with writing, and told his tales with words. While studying illustration at Art Center Coll
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