How To Be A Tiger

By George Szirtes
Illustrated by Tim Archbold

A wonderfully inventive poetry collection for younger readers from a multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed poet

'The tiger growls, its eyes ablaze,
but we too have our tiger ways,
we too can pad through the dark wood
of the cosmic neighbourhood.'

Leap with hares, call out to the sun, run with the wind, pull silly faces with monkeys, watch out for the bear in the bathroom and meet a burping princess!




Age 5+

Feb 2, 2017





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"This book is in a class of its own. These poems can be read and reread many times and give food for thought."



"A fabulous collection of light-hearted, entertaining poems by the multi-award-winning poet, George Szirtes. Its simplicity and directness will appeal to all readers...With captivating illustrations, this collection of poems is brought to life. The perfect book for any confident lower KS2 readers who are interested in dipping their toes into poetry. A thoroughly engaging read!"

English Association


"Here’s another wonder full poetry collection from Otter-Barry Books. George Szirtes can take the plainest, simplest language and use it to make you see and feel the world anew. .. These are not just great poems for children. They are just great poems. Sometimes five stars seems a bit mean ."

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Tim Archbold


Tim Archbold is well-known for his quirky and original drawing style. He studied Graphic Design at Exeter College of Art (BA Hons) and speedily made his name as an illustrator of books for children. He lives in Northumberland.

George Szirtes


George Szirtes arrived in the UK as a child refugee from Hungary in 1956 and has become one of the country's most distinguished poets. He has won a variety of prizes for his work, including the T.S. Eliot Prize for his collection Reel and the 2013 CLPE Prize for his children’s collection: In the Land of the Giants. His translations from Hungarian poetry, fiction and drama have also won numerous awards including the translators' prize in the Man Booker International. George Szirtes lives in Wymondham, Norfolk.


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