Tiger and Badger are very young—maybe 4—and they are best friends, doing as best friends do.
When Badger finds Tiger in her chair, eating her orange slices, Badger points out with impeccable logic that she was in that chair, before. Then Badger and Tiger (and Bad Monkey, a stuffie of uncertain provenance) want a Popsicle. But there is only one Popsicle. Badger eats all of it. Tiger is furious at her, and Bad Monkey gets thrown up into a tree, leading to this classic exchange: “ ‘You’re mean,’ says Tiger. ‘You ate the whole thing.’ ‘No, you’re mean,’ says Badger. ‘You threw Bad Monkey up high.’ ‘No, you’re mean,’ says Tiger. ‘You made me throw Bad Monkey.’ / ‘Fine.’ ” However, with the help of a spatula, some books, and that chair, the friends eventually cooperate. Bad Monkey is rescued, and then there is an episode of pushing, tail-pulling, and a lot of yelling. Then there are funny faces and laughing. They are best friends. The pictures, in watercolor, acrylic, and pencil, are a mosaic of tiny, exquisite details of leaves, branches, fruit, flowers, birds, and toys in a slightly surreal landscape of hills and trees and sunlight. Tiger’s whiskers seem always to be blowing in the wind, and Badger exudes a comfortable, if pointy-nosed, solidity.
A very funny and fine tribute to a very young friendship. (Picture book. 4-7)