Tiger and Badger by Emily Jenkins Reviewed by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge

Tiger and BadgerTiger and Badger by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay; Candlewick Press, 2016. 32 pages; $15.99 (hardcover); reading level: ages 3-6.

Using soft watercolors and acrylics, Gay has created an outdoor world with everything a child could dream of: phantasmagoric flowers, striped and polka-dotted birds, a stack of empty boxes, chairs out on the grass (some overturned, but who cares?), a tent, some orange trees, a cow or two just over the hill, and not an adult in sight. In this world, Jenkins tells us, live Tiger and Badger, who are best friends. Until terrible things happen. Like Tiger sitting in Badger’s chair and Badger eating the one and only ice pop. Words fly, then paws. Tiger and Badger are not best friends anymore. But don’t worry: Tiger and Badger forgive as passionately as they fight. This is a child-sized drama set in a child-wonderful place and it is marvelous!

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