Tyrone the Terrible
Tyrone the Terrible

Tyrone the Terrible, is the award winning children’s book, by author and illustrator Jan Lis.
(2019 Foundation Award, Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference)

TYRONE is the skinniest chameleon in the swamp. No one wants him on their team. After going on a fitness program, Tyrone gets carried away with his new self, and terrorizes his friends in Gnarly Tree Bend. Until he meets Sly, the meanest gator in the bayou. It looks like its gumbo for Tyrone.

The moral of this story being, there is always someone bigger and badder than you, so you’d best make friends along the way.

Tyrone the Terrible is a bullying tale. The feisty chameleon picks on his bayou buddies – then meets his match. In the process he learns actions have consequences, and the value of friends and family.

Jan’s delightful story is filled with swampy animal characters, having a distinctly southern voice, not quite Brer Rabbit, but a good deep-south feel.

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Book Details


  • Animals

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12

Tyrone, the smallest chameleon in the bayou, has been having problems since the moment he was born. He needs extra food, is too weak to play baseball with the other chameleons, and can't make any friends. His favorite place to be is alone on Sun Rock, where none of the other animals ever went. Thus begins Tyrone the Terrible, an animal fable by Jan Lis. Then one day when Tyrone is talking to himself, a squirrel named Junior overhears his troubles. He tells Tyrone that the solution to his problems would be working out in order to get bigger and stronger.

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