First up, I want to give points to the fabulous title of this book in Dutch: Welpje en Tijger. It just sounds cuter than Tiger Tiger.
Secondly, I wasn’t sure if I would want to read this one. Honestly? I have read 2 other books by this author and disliked them, not for their art, that was always fabulous, but for their stories. But this one has tigers, so OK one more chance. Really, the last one! And I am so happy that I gave this author another chance as this book was completely adorable and fun to read.
I was at first wondering how an old tiger got a young cub (the Dutch book just uses some quotes and then a review-ish), but our old Tiger is apparently cubsitting. Yep. The poor thing just wants to lie down, do nothing but laze in the sun (like a true cat), but instead has to run, hop, follow a very overactive cute little cub.
You can imagine how this is going, at least at first. Our Tiger is trying to warn Cub of everything and everyone, asking the tiny cub to just please go to sleep. But after a few pages I noticed a change in Tiger, and that change grew and grew. The old tiger was actually having a fun day. He was actually happy that Cub was around as it enabled him to find some youth inside of him. He had a chance to see the world through a young couple of eyes again and he loved what he saw there. It was just so adorable.
The end, well I just was awwwwwwing a whole lot. That is just the sweetest.
The art? Well, I always loved the art by this illustrator and that hasn’t changed with this book.
All in all, a fantastically drawn book about two tigers and lots of fun. Recommended!