Monday, 25 March 2013

Review: 'Tiger in My Soup' by Kashmira Sheth

Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth, Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, 2013, Peachtree Publishers, $15.95, hardbound, 30 pages. Category/Genre: mainstream. Cover: cool. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million.

This is a book about a young boy left alone for the day with his older sister, and the trouble his imagination gets him into. 

The main character only wants his sister to read his book to him. 'It's a book about tigers,' he says. 'Big, hungry tigers.' But his sister, like most big sisters, can't be bothered. 

The boy does get his sister to make him some soup. But whilst the boy is waiting for the soup to cool, a tiger jumps out of the bowl! The boy must fight for his life against the angry tiger; and the boy's sister doesn't even notice. 

There are little details in the artwork that readers will enjoy discovering. The alphabet soup spells, 'ROAR' when the tiger appears; the kitchen table has tiger faces carved in it; and the tiger and the boy interact around giant cans of soup on the inside covers of the book. 

This is an engaging story which will hit home with many readers, and there's a nice surprise ending. 

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