There’s a Tiger in the Garden

Nora is bored. Her grandma encourages her to play in the garden ‘with the tiger and dragonflies as big as birds and plants that can gobble you up’. Nora is not convinced or even interested. Suddenly a dragonfly whizzes across the garden and captures Nora’s imagination. She delves deeper and deeper into Grandma’s wild and beautiful garden to discover the unexpected.

Stewart’s lyrical and colourful illustrations capture the magical world of Grandma’s garden through the little details, patterns and textures. She cleverly uses white space throughout the story to balance out the busy illustrations. Her charming characters are full of warmth. The hardback version of this book comes in a stunning cover which is embossed; this adds a tactile experience.

Although this book might be suitable for very young readers, I think readers that are a little bit older will enjoy the sophistication of the illustrations and also connect with Nora’s experience of boredom.