It is not often that I recommend a levelled book as I’m a big believer that children should have freedom of choice when it comes to book selection and should not be confined by colours, bands or levelled books. However, this particular book is a rather delightful addition to the Bloomsbury Young Readers series and deserves a mention.
All the animals are slowly dropping off to sleep in the jungle. All except one that is. Sloth Bear is very much not sleepy and is in fact very, very bored. Surely there must be someone in the jungle who is awake and will play with Sloth Bear? But throwing a guava at Porcupine in an attempt to wake him up has unintended consequences and soon all of the animals find themselves in danger of being eaten by the very hungry Little Tiger…
Bursting with energy and humour, Tiger Troubles is sure to delight young animal lovers. The antics of Sloth Bear will induce many a giggle as she throws guavas at Porcupine and then there are plenty more laughs in the chain of events that follow. Porcupine awakens crocodile who in turn awakens elephant and so on. As animals are inadvertently awoken, they act impulsively following their mother’s advice and accidentally wake another animal. Finally, Sloth Bear lands on Little Tiger who quite fancies Sloth Bear salad for lunch. More hilarious storytelling unfolds as the animals take it in turns to tell their version of events. A happy ending sees no-one getting eaten and everyone heading off for a nap before nighttime.
Presented over eight short chapters and with gorgeous illustrations throughout, this makes for a lovely introduction to chapter books for emerging readers and supports them in building up their reading stamina. Told mostly in simple sentences, the story features some delicious language including guavas, staggering, alarmed and slushy. Alliterative phrases are also included and a challenge at the back of the book asks readers to identify them in the story.
Recommended for 5+.