Ravi is the smallest in his family—even Biscuits the dog is bigger.
Most of the time, Ravi is happy with his stature, but on one particular afternoon on the playground, Ravi is frustrated by the too-high monkey bars and the too-big slide. When his siblings race to the ice cream vendor before him and the vendor runs out of ice cream, Ravi is enraged. “He growled… / and a stripy tail popped out from the back of his shorts. / Then… / he sprouted two furry ears, sharp, pointy teeth, and stripy orange fur. // Ravi had turned into a TIGER!” Ravi’s family is frightened: His brother hands the tiger his ice cream, and everyone vacates a bench when the tiger roars. Emboldened, Ravi conquers the monkey bars and slide but soon realizes that nobody wants to play with him because he is irrationally angry. All ends well with apologies and hugs. While unremarkable in themes, Percival’s tale does depict a South Asian family engaged in everyday activities; that it’s father-led normalizes the possibility that the family in the book is a single-father household. The illustrations are also quite punchy and dramatically flip from full-color to a very appropriate limited palette—orange, black, white—when Ravi is depicted as a tiger.
An understated book about losing one’s temper and the love of family. (Picture book. 3-6)