HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Tiger Time for Stanley
Author and Illustrator: Andrew Griffin
Publisher: Scholastic Inc., republished in 2002
ISBN-13: 978-0786805952 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0786805951 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0439287111 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0439287111 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Griffin, Andrew. Tiger Time for Stanley (published in 2000 by Hyperion). Combining a whimsical story with real animal facts, author Andrew Griffin, who often just uses the pseudonym of Griff, apparently introduced the computer-generated, squarish-headed Stanley in a previous book entitled Shark-Mad Stanley. In Tiger Time for Stanley, Stanley loves his cat, Elsie, but sometimes wonders if a tiger might not be a better pet. Of course, tigers and cats have a lot in common, but Elsie likes to sleep a lot whereas Tigers are a lot more exciting. His pet doesn’t always come when called, but with their excellent hearing, tigers would always come when called. And Elsie is scared of even the littlest dog, but tigers can’t be scared of anything! On the other hand, tigers wouldn’t be content with canned food. Also, they need a jungle to play in. And, by the way, did you know tigers don’t purr–they roar?
An animated television series that was based on the series of Stanley books was aired on Playhouse Disney beginning in 2001. I’ve not seen any of the cartoons. I’ve been told that the books are not as detailed as the stories on the television show, but this book is still good, and the facts on tigers are very interesting. Kids who want a pet or who love animals will especially enjoy the book, which comes with an interactive CD-ROM, complete with games, more tiger facts, a screen saver, and Stanley’s notebook. Griffin has also written Stanley: The Great Big Book of Everything, the reference book which Stanley uses to explore the animal world on his hit Disney Channel show, with 96 pages of fun and fascinating animal facts, colorful photos, and brilliant artwork.