By Author / Illustrator
Tom Percival, Tom Percival
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Paperback / softback
Most of the time Ravi can control his temper but, one day, he lets out the tiger within . Being a tiger is great fun at first - tigers can do ANYTHING they want! But who wants to play with a growling, roaring, noisy, wild tiger who won't share or play nicely? Ravi is about to discover something very important about expressing his feelings and making amends.
A clever and engaging book about temper tantrums, dealing with emotions and learning to express and understand your feelings. From Tom Percival's bestselling Big Bright Feelings series, this is the perfect book for helping with bad days and noisy outbursts.
When we meet Ravi in Ravi's Roar, he appears to be a happy-go-lucky boy, running through the pages with his toy aeroplane, his brothers and sister close by. As the siblings are measured in height, we see that he is the smallest in the family. Even the dog, Biscuits, is larger than Ravi!
Sometimes the frustration of missing out on things, because of his size, understandably upsets Ravi's equilibrium. He is last to get on the train, he doesn't get a seat of his own, he can't find anyone in a game of hide-and-seek and he is too small to go on the big slide. The final straw comes when everyone else gets an ice cream and there is none left for Ravi!
It is all so unfair and, in his fury, Ravi turns into a tiger, complete with stripy fur, sharp teeth and a tail. He roars loudly and runs wild, doing all things he shouldn't - and nobody dares to stop him. However, his tiger behaviour makes him very unpopular and soon, nobody wants to play with him anymore. After his outburst, Ravi suddenly feels very sad and can't recall the reason for his rage. The repentant Ravi apologises, turns back into a boy and is hugged by his Dad and Biscuits. Although he never turns back into a tiger again, he does have the occasional growl when provoked.
The story's illustrations are especially striking, particularly as Ravi's anger increases and he turns more and more orange until finally becoming a fierce tiger. I particularly enjoyed the depictions of Biscuits the dog, which are so expressive. Many will identify with being the littlest and youngest in their family, or amongst their friends, and the apparent unfairness of everyday life. This book could serve as a useful springboard to talking about feelings and how best to express them.
Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Judith Grenall, librarian
Suggested Reading Age 3+