Tiger Walk by Dianne Hofmeyr and Jesse Hodgson
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.
"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." - Kirkus Reviews
"A beautifully written and illustrated book by Dianne Hofmeyr and Jesse Hodgson, based on Henri Rousseau's painting Surprised! (Tiger in a Tropical Storm). As well as teaching children about a love of art, it helps them address their fears as the tiger becomes a reassuring friend to Tom on a magical night-time adventure. Great for reading aloud before bed." - Discover Animals
"The illustrations are richly coloured and stunning...the language is beautiful with lovely imagery. A perfect story for bedtime reading." - Books for Keeps 5 star review
"Your senses are immediately stimulated as you start to read...this entrancing tale of a little boy's transformation from fearful to fearless. It's fantastic to see a painting such as this one of Henri Rousseau's used as the starting point for the story. Jesse Hodgson's arresting tigerish scenes...have just the right balance of ferocity, realism and reassurance as befits a bedtime story." - Red Reading Hub
"Wonderfully atmospheric illustrations reflect the story perfectly...A lovely reassuring story about overcoming bedtime fears - a perfect story to share." - Parents in Touch
"Captivating illustrations by Jesse Hodgson." - Just Imagine
About the Author
Dianne Hofmeyr grew up on the tip of southern Africa. Her acclaimed picture books are translated into more than 18 languages and include The Magic Bojabi Tree (illustrated by Piet Grobler), nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award (2014), Zeraffa Giraffa(illustrated by Jane Ray) which is on the Sunday Times' Top 100 Children's Classics list, and My Daddy is a Silly Monkey (with Carol Thompson) and Tiger Walk (with Jesse Hodgson), both published by Otter-Barry Books and nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award in 2017 and 2019 respectively. Fiddle Dee Dee!, illustrated by Piet Grobler, was published by Otter-Barry Books in 2019. Dianne lives in London.
JESSE HODGSON graduated in Illustration at UWE Bristol in 2012. Her first picture book Pongo was Highly Commended for the 2012 Macmillan Children’s Book Prize and was published by Flying Eye Books in 2013. Tiger Walk, with Dianne Hofmeyr, is published by Otter-Barry Books in 2018. Jesse lives in Bristol.
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