By JESS BUTTERWORTH
An Adventure Book Review by Erin the Cat Princess©
Hello, and welcome to my MIDWEEK Book Review featuring Adventures in Middle-Grade Fiction!
We are delighted to bring you our review of Tiger in Trouble ( the second adventure in The Adventure Club series). This is a review enabled by NETGALLEY and Orion Childrens Books, for whom we like to do reviews.
I had not come across this series before. But having seen it on NetGalley, I was determined to bring you a review before the launch, which is 20 January 2022.
This is the second book in the series, the first being titled ‘Red Panda Rescue’.
So, without further ado, I bring you – The Adventure Club: TIGER IN TROUBLE.
TITLE: The Adventure Club: TIGER IN TROUBLE
By: JESS BUTTERWORTH
Published by: ORION CHILDRENS BOOKS (AN IMPRINT OF HACHETTE PUBLISHING)
Artwork by the very talented KIRSTI BEAUTYMAN
Paperback ISBN: 978-1510107984
To be published 20 January 2022
Cover price for Paperback £5.99
Pages: 160 .
Age range: 7 to 9
Before we start, I just need to tell you some background to this adventure. Tilly (aged 7 ish) won a school competition. As a prize, she got to join The Adventure Club, a small group of people, conservationists and vets, who travel the world and research and protect animals and the environment. In the first adventure, Tilly got to look for red Pandas in Nepal. Of course, that turned into quite an experience and far more than Tilly expected. This time around, things are pretty different, and Tilly finds herself travelling to India with two of her best friends, searching for some missing Tigers.
It all started when Tilly’s parents unwittingly got her a Tiger adoption certificate for her birthday. . . . .
Summer hols are looming, and the School Adventure Club Tilly started with the aid of her teacher is shutting down for the holidays. Tilly is at a loose end and misses her adventures at home and abroad. At least she has the fortnightly letters from the tiger reserve telling her how her adopted tiger, Tara, and her mum, are doing. Suddenly, it dawns on Tilly that she hasn’t received a letter. What could be wrong? She sends a letter to India, and after a long and restless wait, gets a response. It seems Tara and her mum haven’t been seen for ages.
Fearful of some major incident that could have forced the pair of tigers out of the reserve and into the way of poachers or other trouble, Tilly sets about trying to help the two. Ultimately she enlists the help of The Adventure Club team, and she and her two pals head to India and a fabulous new adventure.
So, what did we think?
Jess Butterworth is renowned for great children’s stories. This series so far is no exception.
The book is written in the first person, in part in diary form, and copies of letters and instructions. The text and dialogue are beautifully balanced throughout by Tilly’s delightful pencil sketches of her friends, places, and the animals she comes across.
The story itself is a wonderful mix of information and adventure, enough of each to please and inform the younger reader. Read by or read aloud to a child of say age 6 plus, this is a great book to prompt discussion and further reading or involvement.
The adventure highlights Tilly and her friends’ excitement, fears, and hopes as they race to ensure that Tara, the tiger cub and her mum have water and are safe. As well as helping and learning about other animals they come across on route.
There are lessons to be learnt here, not just ecological ones, but those of patience, friendship, trust, adventure and responsibility. Tilly makes mistakes, and the consequences are shown to be dear. But she learns from them, too, just as we all do in real life.
So . . . .
All in all, this is a marvellous inclusive and informative book that will add so much value to those that read it. I would not hesitate to buy the series for my own young globe-trotting adventurer!
That’s it from me for now. Our next review is on Saturday. Till then, have a tiger friendly week!