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PreS-Gr 3-The jungle is usually a peaceful place but not when Clovis, a small tiger, is around. He loves to sneak up on the animals and startle them with the "roaringest" roar in the world. One day, while he is sipping at a stream, the animals turn the tables and join in a cacophonous clamor that jolts him right up a tree. A truce is declared and the jungle settles down in peace again-well, "most of the time." The lively rhythmic text, which takes full advantage of alliteration and repetition, makes this book a storyteller's delight. Children will relish joining in with the tiger's roar and the refrain, "Suddenly-there was Clovis!" as the page is turned from a scene of peaceful somnolence to one of chaos. Taylor's full-color, cartoon illustrations can be overly busy-they are most successful when the artist uses double-page spreads and particularly excellent in capturing the moment of flurried surprise that results from the roar. This title is appropriate both for group sharing and one-on-one reading. Clovis's enthusiasm for the surprise will strike a chord with youngsters, and the lesson about "doing unto others-" will resonate with both adults and children who share this tale.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Diminutive Clovis prides himself on being "the fiercest, most roaringest tiger in the whole world." But he's also a pain in the neck, upsetting the other inhabitants of the jungle with his outbursts. Taylor (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) drives home the egregious nature of Clovis's transgressions by depicting the jungle as the very picture of calm and cooperation (except for Clovis, of course). At the water hole, crocodiles bask placidly next to flamingos, and monkeys rest atop elephants. A monkey comes up with the solution for Clovis's roaring: all the animals sneak up on the tiger cub while he's peacefully lapping up water and let loose their loudest sounds. The spread fills with prominent noses and noises-"Squawk"; "Snap"; "Trumpet"; "Oouu Oouu"-and Clovis reacts like a cat on a hot tin roof. The fair-is-fair resolution might backfire with the audience: kids may well enjoy the short-lived jungle cacophony more than the lesson. The ending illustration suggests that Clovis's pranks are far from over, and youngsters are sure to cheer this irreverent hero's naughtiness. Ages 6 mos.-5 yrs. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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