Quick Thoughts: “The Tiger Rising”

“The Tiger Rising” by Kate DiCamillo

Genre: Children’s Fiction

GoodreadsSource: Gift

Summary from Goodreads:

Walking through the misty Florida woods one morning, twelve-year-old Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger – a real-life, very large tiger – pacing back and forth in a cage. What’s more, on the same extraordinary day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other, and ultimately, to be friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things – like memories, and heartaches, and tigers – can’t be locked up forever.


I’ve been so charmed by DiCamillo’s other books so I was looking forward to reading this. I don’t think it lived up to the charm and sweetness of the other books. It has a lot of the same ideas as her other books (sad kids, the power of love can heal) but I didn’t feel it. The book is super short (121 pages) so everything moves way too quick. To me it feels like they’re just showing you these characters and then telling you to feel for them rather than making you feel for them.

The bottom line? It’s a fine book. Definitely not my favorite by her though.



3 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts: “The Tiger Rising”

  1. Kate DiCamillo is the only author who has been able to make me cry. This book was no exception. It’s not her strongest, but it was still beautiful.

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