Book Review: The Tiniest Tiger, Joanne McGonagle

Hi all!

The Tiniest Tiger (book cover), Joanne L. McGonagleI recently had the great opportunity to read a new children’s book from Joanne L. McGonagle. The Tiniest Tiger documents a lost kitten’s journey through the zoo, talking with the other big cats there and attempting to find a place to call home.

As the author and illustrator of this book, McGonagle has created an amazing story that not only entertains, but educates young ones about some of the endangered big cat species around the world. Each time the kitten visits a new cage or habitat in the zoo, she sees a sign that documents the average size and weight of the animal, their status on the endangered species list, life span (in the wild and in captivity), and where the animal is originally from on a map.

Animals included are:

  • Tigers
  • Lions
  • Cheetahs
  • Clouded Leopards
  • Puma
  • Jaguar
  • Bobcats
  • and Ocelots

This captivating tale had my two daughters (ages 7 and 3) and my wife (a veterinarian) listening intently as the kitten tried to find a home. (Spoiler Alert: She does eventually find a home! 🙂 )

To be honest, I felt there were a couple of language issues in the book where the text didn’t quite flow, but overall the writing was great. And the illustrations were amazing.

This is a book that should find its way into homes with children, school libraries, and your public library without batting an eye.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you find any great books!



  1. The title of this book reminds me of one of my all time favorites that will remain with me, tattered and worn, until the day I die; the title is The Littlest Rabbit. Totally different story so it really has no relevance to your post but suffice it to say, I will definitely check out the book you recommend.

  2. I love books that teach as well as entertain, and this one has a good message hidden in it.

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