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When Grandma says she's seen a tiger in the garden, Nora doesn't believe her. She's too old to play Grandma's silly games! Everyone knows that tigers live in jungles, not gardens. So even when Nora sees butterflies with wings as big as her arm, and plants that try and eat her toy giraffe, and a polar bear that likes fishing, she knows there's absolutely, DEFINITELY no way there could be a tiger in the garden . . . Could there?

This beautiful picture book about the power of imagination is the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, Illustrated Books Category. `A journey of discovery' - The Guardian `A stunning testament to the power of imagination' - Metro

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19th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
There's a Tiger in the Garden 9781847808066
5 stars
Everyone knows that tigers live in jungles and not gardens right?
But when Nora is encouraged by her Grandma to escape the boring confines of the house and explore the garden, Nora is about to discover a whole new world.
A world where butterflies have wings as big as your arms, hungry plants try and eat your toy giraffe and a grumpy polar bear who likes fishing, and just maybe, there’s a charming tiger lurking in the garden too..
There’s a Tiger in the Garden is a magical, colourful picture book that explores the power of imagination and the ability to discover untapped worlds when we open our minds.
The watercolour style illustrations are simply beautiful. The further Nora ventures into the garden the more detailed and jungle-esque the illustrations become, blending a sense of magical realism with the richly coloured sense of adventure inherent in nature. Plus young readers will love trying to spot the hidden tiger in the earlier pages of the book - a flick of a tail behind a bush, a twitch of an ear beside the pond is not to be missed.
Prepare for your imagination to run wild..
4th September '16
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 4 aged 4
There's a Tiger in the Garden 9781847808066
5 stars
A great quality hard back book, with nice Illustrations. My little boy really enjoyed the story, he loves animals so loved the fact that they were all living in the garden. Especially the grumpy polar bear. A nice story which is great for there imagination.
5th September '16
I read it to Amelie aged 4 aged 4
There's a Tiger in the Garden 9781847808066
5 stars
We really enjoyed this book.  Beautiful and enchanting illustrations and a story all about a child using her imagination to take her out of boredom and takes her into a world of giant dragonflies and a grumpy polar bear.  My daughter really enjoyed this story and it will certainly engage her in a world of imagination with her toys.
5th September '16
I read it to Lilly-rose aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
Beautiful hard back book. Charming story of a girl who is encouraged to seek her imagination. Wonderfully illustrated too.
6th September '16
I read it to Piglet aged 4 aged 4
There's a Tiger in the Garden 9781847808066
5 stars
My first impression of this book was how beautiful it was - the cover is an embossed, retro illustration which is just gorgeous! Inside, the book does not disappoint - the drawings are very reminiscent of 'The Tiger who came to Tea'. The story is of Nora who is visiting her grandmother but is bored because 'there is nothing to do'. The grandmother encourages her to look for the tiger in the garden. Given that tigers do not live in gardens, Nora is not impressed with this suggestion. 
My children loved this book, with its a unexpected leaps of imagination. Great book.
12th September '16
I read it to little fox 2 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
such a beautifully presented book, with a lovely quality to the front cover. My son is a big fan of 'the tiger who came to tea' and this certainly had that look and feel about the story and illustrations. Just the right length for a bedtime story and perfect for taking to a sleepover at nanny's house....they both loved it!
7th September '17
I read it to BellaCam aged 5 aged 5 & to LeoCam aged 2 aged 2
There's a Tiger in the Garden 9781847808066
5 stars
Loved reading this book. The kids really engaged their imagination and wanted to then explore our garden for animals. Lots to look at in the illustrations. 
8th September '16
I read it to fran aged 4 aged 4
There's a Tiger in the Garden 9781847808066
5 stars
Our favourite book this year. Firstly may I say the book itself is beautifully illustrated and the hardback cover is gorgeous!
The story is about a little girl who is bored and her nan tells her to explore the garden and that a tiger lives outside.  In disbelief the little girl explores and has a lovely adventure.
My daughter was delighted with this book and we had a discussion about make believe.
Highly recommend this booI 
14th August '17
I read it to nnkelly aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A great book which really captures the imagination of young children with it's bright and colourful illustrations and exciting wordplay. My son always asks to read this book and it's a firm favourite. 
1st October '16
I read it to Samuel aged 10 months aged 0
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5 stars
Nora is staying at her Grandma's house and she's bored. Her Grandma suggests that she play in the garden, adding that she thinks she saw a tiger in there earlier. Nora is sceptical and declares that she's 'too old for silly games!'

Nevertheless, Nora goes out into the garden. Before long, a dragonfly the size of a bird whizzes past. Nora and Jeff, her toy giraffe, run after it and are soon in dense jungle among a swarm of beautiful dragonflies. Jeff has a narrow escape from a toy-eating plant but Nora is still refusing to believe that there'll be a tiger in the garden. The reader catches glimpses of the tiger before Nora does and then they come face to face, in a magnificent double-page close up. There follows a brief philosophical exchange about the nature of reality before talk of breakfast and trampolines. Nora and Jeff ride home on the tiger's back, making plans to meet again. After dinner, it's bath time where another surprise awaits...

I love Lizzy Stewart's illustrations. There's texture and depth to the images and I really liked being able to see the brush strokes. She has used a clever collage effect for the dragonflies' wings and they look fabulous! There's a wonderful lushness to the garden and so much glorious detail. I was reminded of Rousseau's jungle paintings. The tiger is the friendly, cuddly kind and there's definitely a nod to Judith Kerr's The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

The hardback edition is beautiful. The embossed cover has a lovely tactile finish and the book is printed on really good quality paper, making it a pleasure to handle.

This is a super book about never being too old for imagination and make-believe.
4th September '16
I read it to Spencer aged 6 aged 6 & to Lolly aged 2 aged 2
There's a Tiger in the Garden 9781847808066
4 stars
I thought this was a lovely book with eye capturing and engaging art work.  A story where a little girl was encouraged to use her imagination to entertain herself when she was 'bored' at Grandma's.  My youngest (3) enjoyed it and will continue to as her imagination/imaginative play develops.  My eldest (6) said he didn't really enjoy it as he felt it was too baby-ish - where is his sense of adventure!?!  
10th October '16
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
There's a Tiger in the Garden 9781847808066
4 stars
Really good book, as its encourages a good use of imagination. My son enjoyed reading about all the things the little girl found in her grandma's garden. Brilliant pics. 
3rd September '16
I read it to Alexandra aged 4 aged 4
There's a Tiger in the Garden 9781847808066
4 stars
Lovely written book with a really good message. Imagination is everything - sometimes we forget to use it! Fortunately we've got children who remind us how to do it. The best words in the book - Are you real? I don't know - says the tiger. Are you? If you believe in me then maybe I'll be real'. The pictures are beautiful although didn't get my daughter's attention.
The most familiar page for me was the first one - a bored child saying there is nothing to do. I have to mention about all toys she had on the floor.
Next time I will tell my children to find a tiger in the garden.  
I would recommend this book for 2-4 age group.
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About Lizzy Stewart

LIZZY STEWART is an illustrator and artist currently based in London. Lizzy graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009, and received an MA in Communication Design from Central St Martins in 2013. She is also one half of independent publishers Sing Statistics and an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths College. Her first book, There's a...

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