Slice of Life: Mr. Tiger (Sharp) Goes Wild

Each week the ladies at Two Writing Teachers invite writers to link a “Slice of Life” post on their blog. It is a super supportive community, so….maybe you should join us:)

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When I asked Jen Vincent what in the world I was suppose to do for this Mr. Tiger Goes Wild blog tour she told me:

Please share a story of a time in your life when you did something different, out of the ordinary or new and how others responded to you or how you felt. You might reflect on how you experience was similar or different to Mr. Tiger’s in the book.

I thought about writing about deciding to take a new job and teach a different grade, but I’ve been writing about that a lot lately. Today is the first day of school, and on the first day of school I do my darndest to get my kids exciting about reading. A few years ago my wife showed me this video:

I don’t think that anyone after watching that video can question Mr. Ballmer’s love for his company. When my students leave after the first day of school I don’t want any of them to question my love for reading. That is why I do this on the first day:

What are the odds that this blog tour would just so happen to be my first day of school? Crazy. Today is the day that I take my “I love reading” pep talk to a new school and a new grade.

My little talk is not scripted, but I do go into with around 5 books that I plan on “discussing”. The rest of the time I am just flying by the seat of my pants.

A few of the books in today’s talk will be:



The One and Only Ivan

Captain Underpants




To celebrate the release of Peter Brown‘s Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, we have a blog tour scavenger hunt for you! Visit all the blogs listed below to collect 7 letters/characters. Unscramble the letters/characters to unlock the secret phrase. Each blog is giving away three copies of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild courtesy of Little, Brown Books and Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts has a Mr. Tiger Goes Wild prize pack to give away.

Aly at Kid Lit Frenzy

Franki at A Year of Reading

Jen at Reederama

Katherine at Read, Write, Reflect

Laura at LibLaura5

Colby at SharpRead 



Peter’s webpage:


Little, Brown Mr. Tiger webpage:

Oh my goodness!!!! Little Brown is providing three copies of Peter Brown’s book for me to giveaway. Be sure to enter below.

Rules for giveaway:

Must have a U.S. mailing address (No P.O. Boxes)

Must be at least 13 years of age

The giveaway runs through September 6 at 11:59 PM EDT.

13 thoughts on “Slice of Life: Mr. Tiger (Sharp) Goes Wild

  1. I can hear those kids now. “You won’t believe what my teacher did today! He’s crazy for reading. This is going to be a great year!” Keep inspiring readers, big and small!


  2. How do other teachers respond to your back-to-school love-of-reading speech to students? I think it’s probably hard for people to not catch your contagious love of reading but I can see how some people might wonder what you are up to in there! Hope you had a great day!


  3. I did NOT know what to expect, but was TOTALLY psyched to read a book! And the thing is—I ALREADY love books! 😀 There is no way these kids are not going to love reading—and YOU! 😀 Great stuff! You reminded me of Robin Williams in “Dead Poet’s Society”! What a great year you and those kids are going to have!

    Btw, Peter Brown? Amazing illustrator! And it’s so funny, the other day I sold an “Ivan” book to a B&N customer. They often confuse me for someone who works there, but I don’t tell them ’til AFTER I’ve helped them choose books! lol So much fun 😀


  4. Happy first day in your new school Mr. Colby Sharp! You will love 3rd grade. The age group is so wonderful and still excited about all the wonderful things hidden away in books waiting to be discovered. I am so excited for you beginning this new adventure. Be sure to get a copy of a 3rd grade favorite book: “Please Write in this Book” by Mary Amato. Here is a book trailer for it.


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