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Friday, October 7, 2011

Raj the Bookstore Tiger - Kathleen Pelley



Released February 2011

Kathleen Pelley
Paige Keiser
Charlesbridge

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Here’s a fun picture book for children five and older about a kitty who thinks he is a tiger. Raj is a bookstore cat and performs his tasks, like sitting in laps and sleeping in the window, with great panache because his owner has convinced him he is a tiger.

All is well until a new cat, Snowball, arrives on the scene. Snowball, who has tons of attitude, informs Raj that he’s a marmalade kitty, not a fierce tiger. With his confidence shaken, Raj retreats into himself and ceases to interact with the store’s customers or his owner. Now it is up to Felicity to get her cat back to his old self and restore his confidence.

Obviously she does so but I’m not going to share how she accomplishes this feat.  You’ll have to read the book and share it with your child to find out how the bookstore tiger regains his “stripes” and confidence.  If someone has made some unkind remarks to your child that have had a negative impact, this story may do wonders and even reverse the unfortunate situation.

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