Project Description


Tiger in My Soup

by Kashmira Sheth
illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

An adventurous boy defeats an unlikely foe in this story of reading, imagination, and tigers!

Sometimes it’s almost impossible to get your big sister to read your favorite book to you. Sometimes you have to go to great lengths even to get her attention! But if you’re really creative and use your imagination, you might just get what you want. Take care, though, not to go too far. Once you conjure up a tiger, there’s no telling where it might lead…

Author Kashmira Sheth brings readers a humorous, reading-centered story of the dynamic between a younger brother and older sister.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-696-3
Publication Date: 4/1/2013
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-890-5
Publication Date: 9/1/2015
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 1.5
F&P: I, Gr 1, Genre F
Lexile: AD230L
Themes: Imagination, Reading, Siblings
BISAC 1: JUV013070 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings
BISAC 2: JUV002150 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Lions, Tigers, Leopards, etc.
BISAC 3: JUV050000 JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food


“In the current run of titles about older siblings feeding younger ones, this one stands out for its inventive imagery.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Ebbeler truly knocks it out of the park, gleefully building on Sheth’s prose with dynamic perspectives, a realistically detailed (and menacing) tiger, abundant visual hyperbole, and unexpected delights on nearly every page.” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“Action shots of the narrator defending himself against the menacing cat move the story along, while the girl’s inability to see her brother’s plight adds some comic relief. This is a good story to show how readers can get wrapped up in a book.” ―School Library Journal

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“At every turn, the boy is faced with the ferocious tiger, while his sister sees and hears nothing. The illustrations exaggerate the tiger’s size and fierceness as well as the fear on the young boy’s face, and prompt chuckles from readers. Much of the unspoken fun is in the pictures.” ―Reading Today

“The author has written a fun, adventurous tale about a young boy’s imagination and his attempt to tame a tiger. Imagination is a wonderful tool it makes reading so much more fun.” ―It’s About Time, MaMaw

“I love Tiger in My Soup for its creativity, imagination, humor, and the wonderful illustrations that bring the story to life… Since it is fun to read and a laugh to look at, reading this several times, even in one day, will not wear on the nerves too quickly. Laughs will be plenty from all involved.” ―Kid Lit Reviews

“A fantastical adventure… The brother and sister dynamics, the suspense, the action, the humor and the energetic pictures will have readers saying ‘read it again’ as soon as the cover closes. This title is on its way to my 2014 Mock Caldecott Learnist board.” ―Librarian’s Quest

“A great way to illustrate how much fun reading can be. It engages the imagination, conjures family time out of down time and creates lasting memories to share across the ages. So if you’re ready for a story with a surprising twist and illustrations that let the literary jungle pounce right off the page, this is definitely the book for you.” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“Jaunty and devoted to reading, this book is a compelling mix of stories and action.” ―Waking Brain Cells

“The illustrations are bright and fun, the tiger leaps off the page—he’s awesome (I want one!)–and the placement of the text really helps make the story come to life. A simple story, but one I think most of us can relate to: having to wait and wait and wait and wait, and then your imagination gets the way and boy, what a ride! Tiger in my Soup would make a really fun rainy day story, while eating soup of course.” ―A Words Worth



Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) ―Bank Street College of Education, 2014

Choose to Read Ohio ―State Library of Ohio and Ohioana Library Association, 2015-2016

Read On Wisconsin! (Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers) ―Cooperative Children’s Book Center, 2014-2015

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2014

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Alabama Camellia Awards (Nominee, Grades 2-3) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2014-2015

Georgia Children’s Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―University of Georgia, 2014-2015

Buckeye Children’s Book Award (Grades K-2) ―State Library of Ohio, OCIRA, OCTELA, OELMA, OLC, and Kent University School of Library and Information Science, 2014

Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―Oregon Reading Association, 2020-2021

Core Collections Star Title, A (Children’s Core Collection) ―EBSCO Publishing, 2013

Mockingbird Award (Nominee) ―Abilene Independent School District, 2013-2014


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Meet the Author

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Kashmira Sheth was born in India with Guajarati as her mother tongue, and began learning English in fifth grade. She had lived in Bhavnagar and Mumbai before moving to United States when she was seventeen to attend Iowa State University, where she received a BS in microbiology. Before becoming an author Kashmira had many different jobs, including running a dance school and choreographing and performing Indian dances, working in a bakery, and working as a food microbiologist. She is the author of several picture books, chapter books, and middle grade and young adult novels. Taking inspiration from her own life and experiences, much of Kashmira’s work centers on Indian culture and features Indian and Indian-American characters. You can visit  her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Jeffrey Ebbeler, a graduate of Art Academy of Cincinnati, has been creating art for children for almost a decade. His books include Snow Day for Mouse, April Fool, Phyllis, and Jingle Bells. He lives in Ohio. You can visit his website here.