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Jack and his pet tiger Lily live happily in an apartment building in the city, until a grumpy new landlord with a dog takes over and orders Lily to leave.
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A full-grown tiger might make a great best friend, but not every landlord wants to house one. Especially a crotchety, evil-looking old guy like Mr. Mildew Mud, who just bought the building at 33 River Street, where Jack and his Bengal best pal, Lily, live.
Jack and tiger Lily do everything together: stickball, tug-of-war, swinging, swimming in the river. But when canine-loving Mr. Mud and his bulldog, Fifi, move in, all the cats in the building get the bum's rush, including—especially--Lily. ("That cat could scare someone!" cried Mr. Mud. "I want her gone by morning!") What are their rights? What can they do? Jack and Lily hit the books, studying everything from passive resistance to the life of Houdini (maybe they can make Mud disappear!). But it's a stroke of bad luck that gives Lily a chance to win over Mr. Mud--and maybe even Fifi.
New York-born Diane Goode seems right at home in 1930s Gotham, and her carefree kids and softly drawn, colorful details recall her excellent work on the Caldecott Honor-winning When I Was Young in the Mountains. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul HughesFrom School Library Journal:
K-Gr 3-"Jack and his tiger, Lily, lived in an apartment building at #33 River Street." The setting is New York City in the 1920s or '30s when boys wore tweed caps and girls sported huge bows and pinafores. Tug-of-war with the neighborhood kids and swimming in the river make for an idyllic life until the dark day when Mildew Mud buys their building. The snarky man moves in with his bulldog, Fifi, who shares his owner's intense distaste for cats of any size or sort. When Mr. Mud orders that Lily be gone by the next morning, Jack and the feline try fruitlessly to figure out ways to keep her. Late that night, Lily proves herself valuable to Mr. Mud after all, and she is allowed to stay on (for 100 years, even!). Goode's fetching watercolors are delightful and luminous, working especially well in this nostalgic story. The illustrations are reminiscent of those in Where's Our Mama (Dutton, 1991; o.p.) and Mama's Perfect Present (Puffin, 1999). Pair Tiger Trouble with Dav Pilkey's wackier Dog Breath! (Scholastic, 1994) for a storytime on pets proving their worth. A "Goode" addition to any collection.
Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
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