Books by S.J. Fore

Released: Aug. 5, 2010

A young boy lies on the couch trying to read his book, but a tiger keeps interrupting him by chewing gum, pretending to be a bear, doing karate kicks and riding the boy's toy train and blowing its whistle. The tiger even lifts up the couch to look underneath for the whistle when he loses it. Solution? Why, read the book to the tiger, of course. Alley's soft, colorful cartoons embellish the first-person exchanges between the boy and the tiger with humorous expressions and details, producing just the right sense of playfulness. There are plenty of sound effects ready-made for enthusiastic audience participation—CHOMP, Grrrrr, Hiii-YAAAAA, Choo-Choo-Choo—in storytime and repeated readings, while the "turn-the-tables" device will be sure to cause giggles. The choice of an antique typeface (it looks like old-fashioned typewriter letters) seems superfluous; however, any book title with the first word READ is bound to grab attention. And the message? Catch a tiger by the tale! (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

A sleepless little boy learns that when Tiger can't sleep, no one else will, either. The tiger in the closet isn't scary or mean, just frustratingly noisy. In his attempts to amuse himself he drives the little boy crazy. His antics run the gamut from a snack of potato chips and some b-ball, to cartwheels, tap dancing and the simultaneous playing of multiple musical instruments. Each new noise brings the boy to the closet to beg Tiger to be quiet; after apologizing, for a time he is. But Tiger can even find ways of being noisy in an empty closet. One final outburst illuminates the true problem: Tiger is afraid. Just as the silence settles around the two, now snuggled together in bed, a new noise starts to emanate from under the covers. Oh well, at least one of them is finally asleep. Alley's facial expressions are spot-on, perfectly capturing the frustration of the boy and the innocent mischievousness of Tiger. Both Fore and Alley have masterfully created an atmosphere completely absent of the normal childhood fear of "something" in the closet. Indeed, readers may actually find themselves wishing for a tiger of their own. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >