Tom the Tamer

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Tom the Tamer

By Tjibbe Veldkamp; Philip Hopman (Illustrator)

Lemniscaat USA, Hardcover, 9781935954057, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 2011


Tom’s father is afraid of animals. Butterflies, snails, squirrels--they alarm him so much, he won’t even come out of the house. Tom decides to take drastic measures and heads to the pet shop. First he trains a polar bear and sneaks it into the house. Then he smuggles in a tiger, a squid, a tortoise, a snake, two peacocks, three hippos and a small flock of  flamingos. His father doesn’t seem to notice at first but learns that his son’s creativity and courage can help him conquer his fears.

About the Author
Tjibbe Veldkamp (1962) wrote several picture books, stories for young children and youth novels. With Lemniscaat USA, he published his picture books 22 Orphans, The School Trip and Tom the Tamer.

Philip Hopman lives in the Netherlands and has illustrated many books for children that have been published throughout Europe.

Praise For Tom the Tamer

Praise for The School Trip:

“The illustrations, freewheeling cartoons with lots of variety in size and perspective, are as quirky as the story, which injects a nice element of humor into a common situation.” – Booklist

“A celebration of wit and creativity, and a welcome sojourn.” – School Library Journal

“The protagonist's creativity and the narrative insouciance is reminiscent of Hoban or Dahl, while the illustrations resemble a painterly Blake.” – Horn Book Guide