CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW: The Loudest Roar by Thomas Taylor

the loudest roar by thomas taylorThe Loudest Roar by Thomas Taylor
Illustrated by Thomas Taylor
32 Pages
Children’s Stories
Oxford University Press
Age range: 2+

This is a book we have owned since my son was small and one of the first stories he really got into. It’s a hoot, get prepared to have your best roaring and animals sounds ready in preparation.

The story is of Clovis the mischievous tiger who likes to hide in places and sneak up on people… Because you see Clovis is ‘the fiercest, most roaringest tiger in the world’ and he likes to surprise people with his very big roar.

the loudest roar inside pages

Cue lots of animated pictures of surprised animals jumping in alarm and lots of giggles from my son. It is also a fabulous opportunity to practise your roaring skills. On some of the pages I roar, and one some of the others my son roars and we see who can do it the loudest. We also like to practise our animals sounds – from monkeys, to elephants, to parrots, as we see them on the relevant pages. It is also a nice way to teach your child animal names and talk about them as you see them, pointing out what each of them are doing in the jungle.

the loudest roar inside pages by thomas taylor

The story is a simple one, executed in a fun way. The pictures are great and colourful. Every naughty, fierce tiger needs to learn a lesson, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be delivered kindly.

I started reading this book to my son when he was around two, and at four he still thoroughly enjoys it. So it is a book that has longevity too.


This is a fun book with a moral. You might have the fiercest roar in the world but you still need to be kind with it.

Rating: 4/5

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