⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ When a Tiger Comes to Dinner by Jessica Olien

I hope y’all had a great weekend! Jessica Olien‘s humorous book When a Tiger Comes to Dinner (2019, Balzer + Bray) takes being nervous about a dinner party guest to a whole new level!

A little mouse with a voice reminiscent of a Mo Willems character (which is a good thing) shares with readers that he knows exactly what to do for his dinner guest: a tiger. He even gets the reader involved in preparing for the tiger’s arrival (my little guy especially liked the knock knock knock part). But when the tiger arrives, the mouse learns his greeting is a bit off.

When a Tiger Comes to Dinner is a story with a fun concept, and it is told with a humorous voice and an interactiveness that young readers will enjoy. Some good discussions can come from discussing the mouse’s preparation (and lack thereof) and how it’s a good idea to plan for our guests with their needs and wants in mind. Fans of Mo Willems and Pete the Cat will appreciate the way the reader is acknowledged and Olien’s cartoon-like illustrations.

However, I think younger readers would have related more to a mouse getting ready for a party than a dinner. And whereas the excitement that builds up before the tiger’s arrival is engaging, the story’s rapid ending just does not work for me.

When a Tiger Comes to Dinner earns three stars. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

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