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The Tiger-Skin Rug

Written by Gerald Rose

Illustrated by Gerald Rose

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Full of wit, this classic story tells how a tired old tiger cleverly swaps his dangerous life in the jungle for the easier lifestyle of the Rajah’s palace. Becoming a tiger skin rug is not so hard for the thin old tiger! Now he is surrounded by glorious food and drink, he is kept dry and warm and he has lots of friendly company to play with. But what will happen when he gets found out? Luckily for the tiger he has a chance to show just how valuable he really is to the rajah and so earns a lifetime reward. Children will love knowing the joke they see in the pictures while the adult reads something different! 

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The Tiger-Skin Rug Synopsis

It's amazing how easy it is for the tiger to pass himself off as a rug - he enjoys a life of luxury with the Rajah's family, snacking on midnight feasts and playing with his children. He goes entirely undetected, until one night, when he risks expulsion from his comfortable abode as burglars break into the palace and he has to decide whether to stay in disguise as a rug - or save the Rajah from a horrible beating. However, tigers who live in houses can have happy endings, as seen in this perfect picture book.

The Tiger-Skin Rug Press Reviews

'Gerald Rose at his brilliant best. Welcome Back, Tiger! '
Michael Foreman

'This is a flawless example of how pictures tell one story and words tell it differently'
Julia Eccleshare

'This is no ordinary picture book, but a terrific read aloud book with deft comic touches and intensely funny illustrations'
The Bookseller, Marilyn Brocklehurst

'An absolute joy ... This is a perfect picture book to reissue; a whole host of new readers will fall in love with the charismatic tiger and delight in the happy ending'
The Bookseller, Vanessa Lewis

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ISBN: 9781408813034
Publication date: 06/06/2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408813027
Publication date: 18/04/2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408813027
Publication date: 18th April 2011
Author: Gerald Rose
Illustrator: Gerald Rose
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 3+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Bookshelf Essentials

About Gerald Rose

Gerald Rose was born in Hong Kong. When the Second World War started, his father became a prisoner of war, and Gerald and his mother were interned in a civilian camp, which was where he saw his first live tiger. Gerald studied at Lowestoft School of Art and the RA schools. Frustrated by the dearth of good illustrated books for children, his wife, Elizabeth, helped him to write and illustrate a number of books. Gerald won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1960 for Old Winkle and the Seagulls and won the Premio Critici in 1979 in Erba, Italy for 'Ahhh!' Said ...

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