The Tiger Rising is the fourth book that I’ve read this year by Kate DiCamillo. The two others being Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (click on links to be taken to my book reviews). Thus far I’ve enjoyed all of her books.
It has been six months after the death of Rob’s mother and Rob and his father are hoping to make a fresh start by moving. A fresh start consists of living in a motel doing maintenance work and getting beat up by the school bullies. Rob’s father tells him “There ain’t no point in crying. Crying ain’t going to bring her back.” And so Rob keeps everything bottled up inside.
Rob had a way of not-thinking about things. He imagined himself as a suitcase that was too full, like the one that he had packed when they left Jacksonville after the funeral. He made all his feelings go inside the suitcase; he stuffed them in tight and then sat on the suitcase and locked it shut. That way the way he not-thought about things. Sometimes it was hard to keep the suitcase shut. But now he had something to put on top of it. The tiger.
Behind the Kentucky Star Motel Rob finds a tiger in a locked cage, which proves to be a diverson from his troubles. Rob isn’t quite sure what to do with the tiger but his new friend in town Sistine insists on letting him free.
Through their actions Rob delves deep into his emotions, lifts his burdens from his shoulders and truly makes a fresh start in life. The Tiger Rising was beautifully written. Sad but powerful. I’d recommend this one for children, or in fact anyone who needs a helping hand in dealing with loss in their life.
Visit Kate DiCamillo’s website here. It looks like I’ve now read all of her novels. As an author that I’ve just begun to read this year, I’m disappointed that I don’t have anything else to move on to. Perhaps I should start in on the Mercy Watson series.
Have you read this one? What did you think?