The Tiger Prowls: a pop-up book of wild animals by Seb Braun
|The Tiger Prowls: a pop-up book of wild animals by Seb Braun|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: Five wild animals arise from the pages to greet you, accompanied by some lyrical texts. A beautiful book but it might not stand a lot of toddler loving.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 12||Date: August 2014|
|Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books|
|External links: Author's website|
It's a hardback book with a striking cover and when you open it, don't expect endpapers or gentle introductions: as you lift the cover, the tiger of the title appears:
The tiger prowls, stalking through the jungle.
Paw after heavy paw crunches on the forest floor.
And the tiger is beautiful - simply done, he stand 7cm high from the page at the shoulder, straddling the point where the two pages meet. Essentially he's two pieces of card - one for the body and one for the head, skilfully and beautifully putt together and you can see that he's striding out. If I had to quibble, I'd point out that tigers walk with their paws much closer together, but that's me being picky. There's a hint of the tropical forest on the page, but nothing other than the tiger and the text - and a hint of a snake.
When we turn the page we've moved from the forest to the ocean and meet the whale. Cleverly his snout protrudes beyond the bottom of the book and his rear fin is clear of the water. He's Big as a bus, graceful as a dancer: perhaps you don't need to know a lot more. And we still have the bear, the elephant and the giraffe to see.
The skill of the paper engineering and construction shines from every page, with muted colours and elegant words. It's delightful and I doubt that many people could fail to be impressed by the book. Toddlers will love it, not least for the surprise of turning the page, but I worry that it will not stand a lot of toddler loving. it's hard wired into the toddler to grab at anything that appeals and these animals will appeal. I'm not great fan of books that live on 'mummy's shelf' but I'm afraid that this might need to be one if there are not to be tears before bedtime.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
If this book appeals then you might also like Dinoblock by Christopher Franceschelli and Mad About Mega Beasts! by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz (Illustrator). You can also learn how to make a pop-up book - children of about seven and upwards should be able to make something quite special.
You can read more book reviews or buy The Tiger Prowls: a pop-up book of wild animals by Seb Braun at Amazon.co.uk.
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