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A Tiger Called Tomas
Contributor(s): Zolotow, Charlotte, Miguens, Marta Alvarez (Illustrator), Dragonwagon, Crescent (Afterword)
ISBN: 1492601713     ISBN-13: 9781492601715
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: August 2018
Annotation: After moving, Thomas is reluctant to make new friends until he experiences a special night of trick-or-treating.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Moving, Household; Fiction.
Loneliness; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2015039340
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 10.50" W x 0.50" (1.08 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 July #1)

First published in 1963 and reissued twice since then, this story about a little boy who worries that no one will like him has been illustrated in various ways. In this fourth version, Tomás is Latino, and touches of Spanish alter the text: "Why shouldn't they like you?" Tomás's mother asks him, "Por qué no?" When Halloween comes, she presents him with a tiger costume, and the disguise gives Tomás the courage he needs to venture forth. Colorful artwork by Miguéns (Shark Lady) concentrates on eyes and on looking: Tomás's lonely gaze from the steps, his mother's conspiratorial glance as she brings home his costume, the eyes he sees in the mirror through his mask, and the welcoming looks of his neighbors on Halloween night. Zolotow's fine, sensitive writing captures the power that dressing up gives Tomás. Young readers know how magical wearing a costume feels, and they'll be amused by the way all the neighbors seem to know Tomás—and warmly greet him, despite his disguise—in this successful reboot. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 July)

PreS-Gr 2—When a young boy moves into a new neighborhood, he's afraid he might not be liked. First published in 1963, this latest edition of the timeless classic sees the little boy's name change from Thomas to Tomás and his family is a Spanish speaking one. Tomás sits on his stoop and watches the comings and goings of his neighbors: Marie, who likes to play hopscotch; the lady with the black cat who lives down the street; Gerald, the tall boy who looks lonely; the lady across the street who likes to work in the garden; and the old man who walks his poodle past Tomás' house everyday. Yet, in spite of encouragement from his mom, Tomás will not leave his stoop. All this changes on Halloween, when, disguised as a tiger, he goes trick-or-treating. Tomás finds his neighbors are nice and friendly; they all ask him to come back, and best of all, they all know his name. Suddenly he feels wonderful… maravilloso. Alvarez's full-bleed, playful illustrations are warm and colorful, further reinforcing the emotion of the tale. There is an afterword by Crescent Dragonwagon, Zolotow's daughter. VERDICT In our highly mobile society, many children will identify with Tomás' newcomer feelings of insecurity. Share this classic story one-on-one or in a group for discussion.—Lucia Acosta, Children's Literature Specialist, Princeton, NJ

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.