A boy named August can’t help but make a carefree mess.
His mom admonishes him with a smile, “August, don’t act so WILD!” The stripe-shirted boy reasons, “tigers are WILD, so [he] must be a TIGER.” Mom relocates the rambunctious August to the sandbox. Bemoaning his banishment, August wants to yell, but, instead, he lets loose a roar. Surprised, he realizes he has turned into an actual, child-sized tiger. He leaves his backyard and carouses in his new feline freedom, hunting prey (a butterfly; a zebra-striped crosswalk). August finds his friends at the park, but they run away in fear, not recognizing him. Sad and alone, he hears his mom calling. After running home, tiger and mom good-naturedly roughhouse until August, now back in human form, is ready for bed. August declares that he’s done being a tiger, but, since “tomorrow is another day,” he might be a dinosaur! The text, translated from Dutch, is fairly prosaic and not always fluid, but the illustrations serve the straightforward story well. Paintbrush effects keep visuals smooth, as when giving tiger fur its apropos softness, and even the urban elements seem arcadian. The tiny ears and tail that appear as August wishes to be a real tiger are well-placed hints at the change to come—some of the many elements for readers to laugh at and explore. Both August and his mom present white.
An imaginative and playful escapade. (Picture book. 3-7)