Published by Welbeck Children’s Books, 2020.
Interview with a Tiger is a terrific non-fiction book with a great format; fascinating animal facts are presented as answers to interview questions. A range of clawed beasts are interviewed including a jaguar, a polar bear, and a giant armadillo. In total, ten animals are featured. Each animal has its own distinctive personality and loads of attitude: the grumpy wolf, the jokey three-toed sloth, the laidback giant anteater…
We learn about the animals’ habits, behaviours, likes and dislikes. There’s information about how their bodies have adapted to their environments and how they hunt for food. The book also explores the impact of human behaviour on wild animals. There’s also a section at the end of the book about how humans can look after the planet and take steps to protect endangered species. There’s a fun quiz on the last page too.
The book is fully illustrated in colour. Nick East’s illustrations are fab – the animals’ faces are very expressive – and his pictures inject another dose of humour into the book.
Interview with a Tiger will be very popular with reluctant or newly confident readers, as well as children interested in animals and wildlife. The facts are very quotable; children will love sharing them with their friends. Did you know that an anteater eats around 35,000 ants and termites a day? Or that honey badgers can tolerate snake venom? I’m really looking forward to adding Interview with a Tiger to my class library where I know it will be a big hit.
Suitable for children aged 6+
Thank you to Welbeck Children’s Books for sending me this book to review.