Hello, My Name is Tiger was selected by Children's Book Review in Best New Kid's Books of July 2016



A kid who stands out for dressing as a tiger finds he's not as alone as he thought in a gentle story about making new friends. Toby, a young boy, "liked being a cat more than a boy." Around the house, he plays the part of a frisky cat in a full-body tiger costume. At school, the imaginative play continues as he pounces on leaves, scratches in a sandbox (which, luckily, readers don't see employed as a litter box), and climbs a tree. There, he runs into trouble, remembering that cats can't climb back down. Pete, a young boy in the tree dressed as a monkey, helps out. After Toby and Pete become fast friends, they help a girl name Lottie dress up and join in as a bird named Polly. Author/illustrator Goldfinger's colored-in crayon scenes burst with energy and warmth, and she gets a lot of mileage with expressions that are little more than two dots for eyes and simple, soft lines for faces. (Among their diverse class, Toby, Pete, and Lottie all have light skin.) The costumes look cozy and textured against expansive white backgrounds in compositions that are more sophisticated in the emotional, joyful moments they convey than the sketchy style would at first suggest. With savvy restraint, Goldfinger presents the magic of just watching three children raptly engaged in play. (Picture book. 4-8)


Publisher's Weekly

In an emotionally observant story about adapting to new experiences, Goldfinger (My Dog Lyle) Introduces Toby, who "liked being a cat more than a boy." Dressed in an orange, head-to-toe (or ears-to-tail, perhaps) cat outfit, Toby introduces himself to his classmates as Tiger and, like many a cat, proceeds to do his own thing--scratching in the "litter box" (aka sandbox) at recess and "scamper[ing] away" from students' efforts to befriend him. After getting stuck in a tree, Toby/Tiger learns that he has more in common with some of his classmates than he thought, connecting with a pair of children who have their own animal alter egos. Loose crayon lines and washes of paint create a welcoming and nonthreatening school environment for the children to explore, while contributing a quiet visual humor that respects Toby's emotional life and catlike independent streak. Ages 4-8. Agent: Heather Alexander, Pippin Properties. (July)


School and Library Journal 

The transition from home to school can be intimidating for any child. Young Toby, who has an animal alter ego, is a playful kitten at home and turns into an apprehensive tiger when he attends his first day of school. Knowing no one, Toby the Tiger shies away from the other children during recess, preferring to play by himself, and eventually climbs up a tree to observe the others playing. There he befriends Pete the Monkey, who is experiencing the same anxieties that Toby feels. They climb down out of the tree and start to play together. As they form a bond, they notice Lottie, and she joins in their activities. Together, they play and learn that although pretending to be animals is fun, so is being themselves. with simple, colorful chalklike drawings, this picture book is sensitive to how overwhelming new environments and situatioons can be to young children and delivers its message of adapting in an unassuming manner. VERDICT A good selection for children apprehensive about going to School and making new friends. perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing.-Vivan Ho, Port Washington Public Library, NY