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There's a Tiger in the Garden

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  49 reviews
When Grandma says she’s seen a tiger in the garden, Nora doesn’t believe her. She’s too old to play Grandma’s silly games! Everyone knows that tigers live in jungles, not gardens.

So even when Nora sees butterflies with wings as big as her arm, and plants that try and eat her toy giraffe, and a polar bear that likes fishing, she knows there’s absolutely, DEFINITELY no way
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 7th 2016 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published 2016)
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Nora is bored. She's been playing over at Grandma's house and now she's found that there really is nothing to do. Grandma encourages to explore the garden and seek out, among other things a tiger that has been living in there. Although Nora says she's too old for this kind of play, she begrudgingly goes outside and soon discovers a world she had not seen before.

This lovely picturebook will encourage readers to look carefully and question how much Nora knows is going on around her. Stewart's ill
Grace Gayer
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A magical story about how powerful our imagination can be! Nora is bored...but then she explores her garden!
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Allen & Unwin for review.

Ten Sentence Synopsis:
In an attempt to cure her granddaughter's boredom, a grandmother casually mentions that there is a tiger in her garden. The resulting, fruitful search is enough to dent the certainty of even the most sceptical of child explorers!

Muster up the motivation because...

This is the kind of book that will have you doing exercises to expand your imagination. While the concept of children "discovering" untapped worlds
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Stewart, Lizzy There’s a Tiger in the Garden. PICTURE BOOK Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. $18. 9781328791832

When Nora gets bored at her grandmother’s house, she is told to go play in the garden with the tiger. Nora doesn’t believe there is a tiger out there, but as she goes through the garden her imagination starts to see the impossible. When it’s time to go back inside, the tiger says it will be out there any time she wants to come out to play. Nora goes back into her grandmother and confirm
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've ever reviewed a picture book on Goodreads even if I adore reading them because there's no point of flooding my profile with lists of them. But this one! Oh gosh. Couldn't resist recommending this beautiful, funny, warm, imaginative story to anyone looking for a good picture book to read with a favourite kid or by themselves. The artwork alone is gorgeous and something I wish I had around when a kid but in combination with the story of a little girl exploring her grandma's gard ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this gentle story of a bored little girl at her Grandma's house. Nora and her toy giraffe, Jeff, are bored, so Grandma sends them out into the garden in search huge dragonflies, plants that will try to eat you, a grumpy polar bear, and a friendly Tiger. Nora doesn't believe such things exist in the garden, but lo and behold she encounters them all. It's not clear if she is dreaming, imagining, or truly experiencing all these things, but that doesn't matter. The illustrations are colorf ...more
Milan Žila
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: oli
Great illustrations and a simple, yet thought provoking story. Me and my daughter both enjoyed this book.

Also a very good book for rereading. There are many details you can point out - almost every picture has a bird in it or other little animals. While rereading there is also time to stop and ask questions about what is real and what is imagined. Personally, I waited for our third reread to mention Cogito ergo sum :)
Juliana Lee
Nora is bored and Grandma sends her into the garden to find the tiger. Nora doesn't believe there's really a tiger in the garden, but she goes in and finds many of the other things Grandma told her are true. Then she meets a tiger who doesn't know if he's real or if she's real either. At the end of the day, Nora tells Grandma about meeting the tiger and even Grandma says it might have been the cat.
Dimity Powell
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
It's the punch you in the eyes (in a good way) vibrancy of Stewart's illustrations that really appeal in this charming little tale of imagination. Told with a little tongue in cheek thanks to clever grandma, Tiger in the Garden is faintly reminiscent of having tigers over for tea and a wonderful testament to the simple wonders of childhood.
Debbie Tanner
This super cute picture book is about Nora who is at her grandmother's house and is a bit bored. Her grandmother tells her maybe she should go out into the garden and have a look around but Nora thinks there isn't anything interesting out there, until her grandmother mentions a tiger. Lovely combination of reality and fantasy that will be fun to read with little kids.
Beautiful illustrations and story about a child using her imagination in the garden. Good lapsit or possibly for school age. Not sure it would translate well to storytime. But something about this book just grabs me!
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
The style of the illustrations is pretty, but many of the compositions feel if the subject matter is floating on the page, rather than part of the scene

The premise is thin and overstays its welcome

The text is a leaden slog
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
Lizzie isn't quite sure if she believes her grandmother when she says there's a tiger in the garden. The only way to find out is to go out and explore.

This is a tall sized book with large illustrations.
Miss Sarah
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
A young girl visiting her grandmother is very bored and doesn't believe her grandmother when the older woman says there is a tiger in the garden go find him. Is there really a tiger? Preschool and up
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A young child staying with grandmother does not believe that a tiger lives in the garden.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great little adventure in imagination
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
fun, imaginative, not rul deep. But fun.
Gabrielle Carolina
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it

The idea is incredible, the art is exceptional, the dialogue itself is a little formal and doesn't quite suit the charm of the story.
Jenny Yergin
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is very sweet and full of imagination. I love the artwork.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful illustrations and a fun story!
Sofie Brånedal
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cute, philosophical and funny. Great writing. Great ending.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Love the books that encourage outside exploration.
This is a fun book about using your imagination when you get bored, with a lil help from Grandma.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
i did not see anything too special about this book, although i rather liked the illustrations; however, my 6 yo loved it, so that is what really counts, i guess ;)
Elizabeth Bardsley
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice book about a young girls imagination
Lila Lovebug
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mommy read this book. Illustrations are so lovely!
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Colorful illustrations highlight the power of imagination.
Mary Lee
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The power of imagination. "If you believe in me, then maybe I'll be real."
Very good illustrations. The story was imaginative and easy to follow. Very appealing to children.
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LIZZY STEWART has been a freelance illustrator since graduation from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. In 2013 she completed an MA in Communication Design at Central St Martins. She was selected as one of It's Nice That's Graduates 2009 and was nominated for a British Comic Book Award in 2013. Her inspirations include folk culture, flora and fauna and life in far-flung cities and a compulsive need ...more