Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019
Jun 2, 2021
By Dianne Hofmeyr
Illustrated by Jesse Hodgson
A lyrical story about overcoming fears, with stunning illustrations.
One day Tom draws a tiger, inspired by his visit to the art gallery... That night, when Tom can’t sleep, the tiger pads out of his drawing and purrs, “Let’s go for a walk!” It’s the beginning of a magical and life-changing adventure, as the tiger helps Tom to overcome some of his biggest fears.
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"Inspired by the famous tiger painting by Henri Rousseau this is an appealing story about overcoming fears. The story is very well written with lovely description and a pleasing pattern and the illustrations are beautiful, making it a great picture book to share."
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"Through her precise text, Hofmeyr espouses the joy of imagination and the power of art to stimulate it. The afterword discusses Henri Rousseau's Surprised!, the painting that inspired the story; Hodgson's elegant, softly textured colored-pencil illustrations do it justice and ensure that the tiger never overwhelms readers. Simply lovely."
"The illustrations are richly coloured and stunning...the language is beautiful with lovely imagery. A perfect story for bedtime reading."
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Jesse Hodgson graduated in 2012 with a First class BA (Hons) in Illustration from the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her first picture book, Pongo, was Highly Commended in the Macmillan Children’s Book Awards 2012. Jesse lives and works in Bristol as an illustrator and music teacher. She makes her images using colouring pencils and also works with inks and print.
Dianne Hofmeyr grew up on the southern tip of Africa and was an art and ceramics teacher. She lives in central London with her family nearby. Journeys to faraway places like China, Siberia and Senegal often inspire the thread of her stories and her shelves overflow with notebooks, maps and scraps of paper. Her picture books are translated into many languages. The Magic Bojabi Tree, illustrated by Piet Grobler, was nominated for the 2014 Kate Greenaway Award and Zeraffa Giraffa, illustrated by Jane Ray, was chosen by the Sunday Times for the Top 100 Children’s Classics List.