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Fox the Tiger

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Fun-loving, mischievous Fox wishes he were a tiger. Tigers are big and fast and sneaky. So he decides to become one!

Soon Turtle and Rabbit are joining in the fun. But will Fox want to be a tiger forever?

In Fox the Tiger, this winning trickster character and his animal friends learn that the best thing to be is yourself.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Balzer + Bray (first published 2018)
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Although I was certainly and definitely not expecting all that much (if any) potential reading pleasure from Corey R. Tabor's Fox the Tiger (its 2019 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award notwithstanding), I indeed am happy (as well as rather majorly surprised) to say and admit that Fox the Tiger is with both the author's featured narrative and her accompanying illustrations sweetly delightful, often humorous and also imbued with important messages regarding self acceptance and not wishing to be someone that one is ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Winner of the 2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for easy reader books, Fox the Tiger highlights the benefits of having a robust imagination, while reinforcing that even when you're just being yourself, you are special. Fox decides he wants to be a tiger while reading a book about the majestic jungle cats. They're large, speedy, and light on their feet. Why wouldn't he want to be one? Fox paints black stripes down his back and tail and tells his friends to call him "Tiger." Tiger loves being strong and ...more
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Michele Knott
It took winning a Geisel Medal for me to read this one, but I'm very glad I did.
Too often you find early readers being so full of controlled text that it has no story line. Here's an example of one that gets it right.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-reader, pb-silly
A perfect Geisel winner! My first grade class agrees.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was at the Youth Media Awards on January 28, 2019, sitting right behind the members of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award committee when this was announced as the winner. So, I decided to see if it was available from my public library-- and checked out the eBook on the spot. (I wonder what the people sitting behind me thought as I started reading it on my laptop.) This eBook was the narrated version, so I re-read it later with the sound.
I can see how the pictures and repetition would make th
Shaye Miller
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading the other two books Tabor “fox” books (Fox and the Jumping Contest and Fox and the Bike Ride), just last month. So I was so happy when my library contacted me to let me know the latest book was ready for me to borrow. In this adventure, Fox decides that “Tigers are the best.” However, after attempting to become a tiger with his friends, Turtle and Rabbit, things don’t turn out exactly as planned. Nevertheless, Squirrel comes along to show us that the grass is always greener syn ...more
Jillian Heise
This was a delight of an early reader book! So often they are so controlled that they aren't as interesting or they're predictable, but this one gets it right and is so much fun to read. We need more enjoyable early readers like this!
First sentence: "I wish I were a tiger," says Fox. "Tigers are big. Tigers are fast. Tigers are sneaky. Tigers are the best." Fox has an idea.

Premise/plot: Fox the Tiger won the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award for 2019. In this I Can Read early reader, Fox has an IDEA that becomes contagious. He wants to be a he paints on some stripes. He then goes out to face the world as a tiger...or does he? Will his paint fool anyone?

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. It was FUN. I
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute enough but there's something just a bit off, I think. However even after two separate reads I'm still not sure what it is, so judge for yourself.
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: easy reader requests
Recommended to June by: Joan
Really enjoyed this easy reader.

Fox thinks tigers are the best and paints strips on himself. Some friends see what he has done and follow suit. Turtle becomes a race car and rabbit becomes a robot. The rain sends Fox's friends home, but Fox is sad, until squirrel comes and by and says "Foxes are the best.!
Ashley Hubbard
At the beginning of the book, there is a fox that wants to be a tiger because tigers are fast, sneaky, and big. So he decided to paint himself like a tiger. At the end of the book, it started to rain and the paint washed off, so he was back to being a fox. Then a squirrel showed up and he said that he wanted to be a fox because foxes are fast, sneaky and big, This idea of foxes made the fox feel joy towards himself. I really like this book because, it is colorful, interesting, and it teaches a v ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jf-beginners, jf-dogs
This very short, easy-to-read, Geisel award-winning book elicited many, many chuckles. I agree with everything Manybooks said in her review. I will just note that the publisher calls this a "My First Shared Reading" which is defined as being for emergent readers, and includes "basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations, ideal for sharing with the emergent reader." This definition was clearly met in the book, as each page had one - three short sentences paired with a humorous il ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wish there were more early readers that get it right like this one.
Sarah Richards
As part of my Post-K Summer Reading Boot Camp: 

"Fox the Tiger" is a collection of sweet, colored-pencil drawings accompanied with a simple message:  Admire traits in others while remembering that you have traits others admire.   

This book used four of my favorite animals in children’s literature:  foxes, turtles, rabbits, and squirrels, as well as two things my daughter
Taylor Sosebee
This is a story about a fox who longs to be a tiger. He even goes as far as drawing stripes on himself and sneaking around, just like a tiger does! He even meets other animals (like the turtle) who is pretending to be something different than themselves. Then it rains and washes away all the paint that made them different and they are sad. But then a mouse comes up to the fox and talks about how big and fast and wonderful he is. The fox then realizes, being a fox is cool.

Evaluation: ...more
Kayla Aguirre
Summary: This book starts with a fox who wishes he was a tiger because he believes tigers are much cooler and bigger than foxes. Then there is a turtle and rabbit who wish they are something else as well. The three animals paint themselves and dress up to try and look like another animal and pretend to be that animal until the water washes it off. Once the animals become themselves again, they are sad. Until a squirrel comes along the tiger and wishes that he was a tiger becuase they are big and ...more
Ryan Ostrove
Fox the tiger if another book that can relate to so many people because everyone has dreamed of being big and famous and wealthy, but does all of that really make for the best life and really make you happy? Thats what this book is about, it's about a fox who really doesn't think he wants to be a fox so he tries to act like a tiger. After a while of acting like a tiger, he begins to realize that being a fox isn't so bad after all and that he's actually happy to be a fox instead of a tiger. This ...more
Kayla Smith
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-10
This book is about a Fox who would rather be a fox because he thinks that they are the best type of animal. All the other animals in the story decided to be something other than themselves as well until it rained and washed all the paint away. I enjoyed this book because I liked the moral of the story about how you should always be yourself, even if you try to change you will always come back to who you are. I could use this book to check beginning readers on their reading comprehension using a ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Tiger really wants to be a fox - they're cool, big, and fast! So he has an idea that will make him look and seem like a fox. As he presents himself as a fox to his friends, one by one they also start to want to be someone else, until something makes tiger realize he is pretty cool just the way he is.

Citation: Tabor, C. (2018). Fox the Tiger. New York, NY: Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins.

Opening moves: "Have you ever wanted to be someone or something else? Whom did you want to be? When I wa
Morgan McCorkle
Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor is a fun heartwarming story about a young fox who is dissatisfied with himself. In an effort to become a Tiger, Fox undergoes a transformation of stripes to try and be someone he is not. In the end, the lesson learned is that Fox should be himself, as the best thing you can be is yourself. This introductory story to reading is perfect for beginners as it uses repetitive language and sounds to help the reader along through the book. The stories illustrations are si ...more
Jillian Cryder
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-books
For children, this book is great and is really cute! It would be a GREAT lesson in school to teach students that you don't need to be anyone but yourself because who you are is who you are suppose to be. This lesson would teach students that when you wish to be someone else, things aren't how they are suppose to be when everyone is someone else. I really liked that in the book, the friends of Fox supported him at first and then chose to tell him that he was being silly for wanted to be a Tiger b ...more
Erika Hunziker
It is about a Fox named Fox who wants to be big, fast, sneaky, and the best. He decides to dress like a tiger since tigers are big, fast, sneaky and the best. Fox's other animal friends dress up as different things as well. At the end of the story it starts to rain and the animals become themselves again. Fox then meets Squirrel and Squirrel tells him that foxes are big, fast, sneaky, and the best. Fox is then happy with himself and decides to stay a fox. I liked this book because I liked the le ...more
Hannah Givens
Nov 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, lgbt
No one else seems to be talking about this topic, so I guess I'll bring it up... Is this book supposed to be a trans allegory? Because it seems like it is, and it's a problematic one. It seems like the moral is supposed to be "You can pretend to be whoever you want, and get other people to play along with it, but it'll never be true." Even if the moral wasn't intended to apply to trans people, it just really, really feels like that's what it's about, and I'm not okay with that. When I picked it ...more
Katie Edwards
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, the story tells us about a fox who dreams of being a tiger since tigers are sneaky and fast! He decides to try to change who he is. Turtle and Rabbit come along, and fox soon realizes he does not want to be anyone but himself.
This book was so cute and was really easy to read! The illustrations are done well and the storyline is well written!! It gave a really good message of how important it is to be yourself, and being ourselves is what makes us uniq
Yissel Martinez
I really like this book because, it is colorful, interesting, and it teaches a lesson. It teaches children to be themselves because they are special. This is where the lesson takes place: In the beginning of the book there is a fox that wants to be a tiger because tigers are fast, sneaky, and big. So he decided to paint himself like a tiger. In the end of the book it started to rain and the paint washed off, so he was back to being a fox. Then a squirrel showed up and he said that he wanted to b ...more
Luke Smith
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Fox the Tiger is a book meant as one of a readers' first books. Using repetition and easy vocabulary this book does a great job of introducing very young children to reading. The story is about a fox and his friends that pretend to be things they are not. They do things like paint on themselves and create costumes that create something they believe to be better than who they are already. When their playtime is ruined by rain fox and his friends learn (with the help of a new friend) that there is ...more
This book is about fox who want to be tigers. They paint themselves as tigers by putting black stripes across their fur. It ends up being a game for all of the animals. The turtle turns himself into a race car, the rabbit a robot. All of the animals turn themselves into something they'd dream of being. When the rain comes the fox stripes are washed away. A squirrel reminds them that they don't need to be a tiger, because being a fox is just as good. I think the book teaches kids that we all want ...more
Hannah Wolff
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of lighthouse and its last keeper. The drawings were bright and detailed. The words follow the actions taken in the page and it creates a beautiful scene. The book was to celebrate the times in the lighthouse and not be a sad memory, but a good one. I really liked how each page was similar but different, the sea continued to be the background throughout the story but that didn’t stop the story from focusing on the life house residents. The ending is nice and thoughtful ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner

While reading a book, Fox comes to the conclusion that tigers are the best. Therefore, he decides to do the only rational thing - paint himself with black stripes. Now he is a tiger! In the spirit of imagination his friend Turtle becomes a race car and Rabbit becomes a robot. All their dreams wash away when a rainstorm comes. Fox is very sad about no longer being a tiger until a squirrel sees Fox as being big, fast, sneaky, and the best - just like a tiger.
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Corey R. Tabor grew up in Wyoming, where he once spent the night in a cave by an underground waterfall. He now lives with his wife in Seattle, where he draws and reads and explores. Please visit him at

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