By Author / Illustrator
Mariesa Dulak, Rebecca Cobb
Friends and family
Faber & Faber
Paperback / softback
On an extraordinary journey to the sea, a tiger boards the train, along with a jungle of other animals - all without Dad even looking up from his phone! From debut author, Mariesa Dulak, and award-winner Rebecca Cobb, illustrator of The Everywhere Bear.
You'll never guess what happened
On our trip down to the sea . . .
A tiger in a top hat
Came and sat right next to me!
Off to the seaside they go on a rather . . . EXTRAORDINARY train journey. But will Dad ever look up from his phone?
A boy and his dad board the train. Dad is stuck into his phone and misses the fact that a tiger boards the train too . . . and so does a family of hippos, and a band of crocs, and a mum with her piglets, and a pug in a boa - or two . . . On the way to the seaside pandemonium ensues, and then the tiger roars . . . Has he finally had enough? And what will Dad say? Will he even notice?
This wonderful collaboration between debut author, Mariesa Dulak, and Rebecca Cobb, illustrator of The Everywhere Bear, is a must-read, modern classic. 'You'll never guess what happened On our trip down to the sea . . . A Tiger in a top hat Came and sat right next to me.' This is the start of an EXTRAORDINARY train journey. But will Dad ever look up from his phone? Stuck into his phone, Dad misses the fact that as well as the tiger boarding the train, so does a family of hippos, a band of crocs, a mum with her piglets and a pug in a boa - or two. . .
How many times have we seen this happen in real life? People too interested in their phone, game or photos to enjoy the experience of 'now!' On the way to the seaside pandemonium ensues, and then the tiger roars. . . Has he finally had enough?
It is wonderful to see the change in the relationship between the boy and his dad when the phone is removed. This is such an important messages for parents and children alike. Mariesa's fantastic storytelling manages to playfully deliver this theme in a beautifully rhythmical, rhyming style, making this a perfect read-aloud, picture book.
This is currently my favourite picture book which I look forward to sharing with many of my young book lovers. An absolute must have for classrooms and libraries.
Picture book / Reviewed by Amanda Shipton, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 3+