The Secret Life of a Tiger by Emilia Dziubak

The Secret Life of a Tiger

Written by Emilia Dziubak
Illustrated by Przemyslaw Wechterowicz

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Original, hugely enjoyable, and with an irresistible central character, there’s lots in this picture book to look at and talk about. On the first page we spot a tiger, snoozing in the lush jungle. He’s big and stripy, and fierce looking. But what if everything we’ve been told about tigers is wrong? According to this one, there’s more to tigers than sharp teeth. Across gorgeously illustrated scenes he describes his nightly activities, which range from preparing a delicious fruit salad for a baby elephant, to enjoying a dance with the tapirs. It’s all delightfully fantastical – a scene in which he styles the orangutans’ hair is particularly memorable. Readers are left to decide whether the tiger is being entirely truthful (personally I have my doubts). ~ Andrea Reece


The Secret Life of a Tiger by Emilia Dziubak

Tiger says he is a cat with simple pleasures. He likes to spend his days wandering about, chatting with friends and having a little snack. And despite the gossip concerning his ferocious appetite, he's a modest creature. It's only at night that his surprising - and heart-warming - hobbies come to light. The Secret Life of a Tiger is a wonderfully funny and irreverent picture book that reminds us that sometimes animals (and people) behave in unexpected ways.


'In a gentle, humorous way the story cleverly turns the stereotypical characteristics of a Tiger on its head defying conventional expectation and demonstrating the possibility of difference...a story that will capture the imagination of any child.' * Outside In World * 'a spectacular book to look at... Each double spread is full of luscious illustrations of a jungle landscape in which we find our tiger hero partaking of one of his secret pleasures... The jungle almost acts like a frame for tiger's antics and you can view each one as a great piece of art.' * The Bookbag * 'There is a soft humour here that children will find welcoming, while the illustrations add to the good-natured feel of the book' * EYE * 'Wecherowic's tongue-in-cheek, chatty telling sits so well with Emilia Dziubak's fantastically funny illustrations' * Red Reading Hub *'

About the Author

Przemyslaw Wechterowicz, Polish author of children's picture books, poetry and theatre plays. He has published 27 titles, and his works have been translated into English, German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Korean. His books have received prestigious awards in Poland and abroad (such as Warsaw Book Award, White ravens for four titles) and critical acclaim. He lives in Warsaw with with his wife, daughter and an elderly cat.Przemyslaw Wechterowicz is a Polish author of children's picture books, poetry and plays. Emilia Dziubak is an illustrator based in Poznan, Poland, and has won many awards in her home country.

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32 pages


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Publication date

24th August 2017




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