Review: Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

Tiger vs Nightmare is a visually stunning story about a young tiger and her best friend, Monster, a creature who lives under her bed. A strong story about friendship combined with pleasing art makes for a book that will appeal to a wide audience.


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Published: 6 November 2018

Publisher: First Second

Category: Graphic Novels/Childrens Books

Tiger is a very lucky kid: she has a monster living under her bed. Every night, Tiger and Monster play games until it’s time for lights out. Of course, Monster would never try to scare Tiger—that’s not what best friends do.

But Monster needs to scare someone…it’s a monster, after all. So while Tiger sleeps, Monster scares all of her nightmares away. Thanks to her friend, Tiger has nothing but good dreams. But waiting in the darkness is a nightmare so big and mean that Monster can’t fight it alone. Only teamwork and a lot of bravery can chase this nightmare away.

In this charming graphic novel for young readers, cartoonist Emily Tetri proves that unlikely best friends can be an unbeatable team, even agianst the scariest monsters.

Rating: 5 Stars

The watercolor style of Tiger vs. Nightmare is the first thing that caught my eye regarding this book. The colors are bright and rich with a smudgy quality that makes them attractive to a younger audience and interesting for any older readers that might be joining them.

Story wise, this was a great one for friendship, imagination, bravery, and teamwork. Tiger’s parents encourage her friendship/imagination toward Monster, the monster under her bed, who chases away the nightmares, including asking if Monster has any special requests for dinner (Tiger shares!). Monster is very brave because no matter how big the nightmares are, they do their best to fulfill their Monster duties.

Teamwork comes in when Tiger and Monster must work together and come up with a plan for the biggest nightmare of all. What do you do when it’s too scary? These friends plan & work things out in inventive, child friendly ways. I’d see this as a good bedtime story in general, but maybe especially if someone is having trouble getting to sleep due to nightmares. Maybe they just need a Monster friend of their own. 🙂






I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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