Sunday, March 5, 2023

*Review* Don't Be a Bully, Little Tiger by Carol Roth


Genre: Children's 4-8 years
Published: June 27, 2023
Pages: 32

For the youngest readers just starting school or day care, a playful story that teaches how a little kindness toward others can make a big difference.

Little Tiger is excited to go to school, but he doesn’t always know how to behave. Little Tiger can be quite bossy. If he wants something, he just takes it. His unruly nature intimidates everyone around him. But when his teacher gives him a gentle tip, he realizes that small changes can make a big difference and Little Tiger discovers that treating others well can be fun!

Carol Roth tells a sensitive story about a bully who learns to be considerate and yet remains true to himself. The Iranian-American artist Rashin illustrates the scenes with bold strokes and a pastel color palette.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is the story of a young tiger who is so excited to go to school, but he doesn't understand how to play and share with others. He expects to get everything he wants, and because he's a predator and his classmates are mostly prey animals, he gets what he wants (because he's just bigger and stronger I'm sure). But he soon realizes that even though he's always getting what he wants, he's sad because no one wants to play with him anymore. A bit of advice from the teacher leads to a major change in his behavior and his happiness. 

The illustrations felt kind of basic, using just a few colors for everything, like every character had some of the teal-blue color as part of their body or clothing. They kind of gave me Richard Scarry book vibes. The message in this book is definitely one that children, especially only children (probably) could definitely benefit from, so I'd be okay to read it a few times, but I personally wouldn't want to read it a whole lot. Overall I give this book 3.68 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Carol Roth has always loved writing. Carol’s many wonderful books include The Little School Bus, Who Will Tuck Me in Tonight?, Five Little Ducklings Go to School, and Hold Your Temper, Tiger! Her books have won a Children’s Choice Book Award (2005), the Missouri Building Block Award for Best Picture Book (2003), and the Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Books (1999). Carol lives in New Jersey (USA) with her husband, Mark.

Rashin Kheiriyeh was born in Iran and now lives in Washington, DC. She is one of the most outstanding young Iranian illustrators working today. She has been awarded the Golden Apple of Bratislava and was selected for the 2013 Bologna Book Fair Illustrators Exhibit and a 2014 IBBY Honor. Among her many books are 
Two Parrots, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor—her first books published in the United States.

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