Midnight Tiger

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Midnight Tiger‘Midnight Tiger’ is written by Gillian Lobel and illustrated by Helen Lanzrein and is a perfect book for sharing with small children.

This is a wonderful story telling of ‘the midnight tiger’s’ escapades at night; about how he is out in the wilderness in the middle of the night, prowling through the jungle stalking his prey. All the other creatures are aware of him and respect him greatly. As night turns to morning though, we realise that although still awesome, there is nothing to be afraid of because ‘the midnight tiger ‘is really a ginger cat called Timmy – a pet that is loved and cherished by his family.

My daughters love reading this book and I love sharing it with them as the language is so wonderful. Some examples of the lovely descriptive phrases are:

‘A shadow shrieks in the glittering night
And drifts like a ghost through the silver light’

‘And only the flare of his scarlet eye
Tells there’s a tiger slinking by.’

My daughters love the beautiful words and they want to know the meaning of every word they don’t know, and then they tend  to go around using them. One or the other tells me ‘I’m prowling, Mummy!’ as she creeps up behind me or ‘I’m slinking!’ as she crawls along behind the sofa!

Another good thing about the way the book is written is that it is all in rhyming couplets so it is helping children’s awareness of how words rhyme. This also gives a lovely rhythm to the story when reading, which is also helped visually by the fact that the lines are not set out uniformly on the page but have a gentle tilt and slant to them. The whole story has a lovely gentle feel to it which means that even when the tiger is at its scariest, children are not afraid!

The night time illustrations are beautiful. The drawings are not sharp edged and are quite muted which gives an overall dreamy, mystical appearance to every page. The tiger/cat illustrations are lovely too!

I thoroughly recommend this beautiful book and feel that it can be shared with children of all ages (and adults will enjoy it too!).

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Midnight Tiger
by Gillian Lobel

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kingfisher

My name is Jo and I have been married to Simon for nine years. We have two beautiful daughters – Rachel who is six and Natalie who is almost five and starting school in January. I also have two step children aged twenty one and seventeen so family life is never dull. I also manage to work three days for a local education authority where I support the teaching of literacy in primary schools. I love my job and it’s ideal for a book lover like me. In my spare time I run, dance and occasionally tread the boards with my local amateur dramatics group. My first love is reading though and you will never find me without a book on the go. My husband is also an avid reader and we are hoping to pass on our love of reading to our daughters. They certainly love their bedtime stories every night. Although I have and English degree and I am familiar with most of the classics, I generally read much lighter stuff these days. It’s mainly ‘chic lit’ but I also enjoy a good thriller or courtroom drama. I have so many favourite authors and this list tends to change regularly depending on what I am reading.

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