Tiger on a Tree

Anushka Ravishankar, Pulak Biswas

Tiger, Tiger On a tree, Is it true? Can it be? Did he fly? Did he flee? Did he fall and hurt his knee? Did he cry? Did he plead? If you want to know: Read. A wild tiger cub wanders into an Indian village – and encounters a group of stunned inhabitants, each with his own distinctly odd suggestion for what to do with the wandering beast. Art, verse and typography run and bounce off these pages, drawing the reader into an absurdly adventurous world. Translated into eight languages, this classic Tara title has sold 50,000 copies worldwide.

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Weight 190.0 g
Dimensions 240 × 185 mm








Age Group


Foreign Rights Sold


Catalan (Europe & Venezuela

Thule Ediciones

English (North America)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Éditions Syros


Blauburg Verlag


Agam Publishing House


Edizioni Corraini




Daekyo Publishing

Portuguese (Brazil)

Manati Produções Editoriais

Spanish (Europe & Venezuela)

Thule Ediciones


Art & Collection

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Andersen Award, Italy, 2004

American Library Association (ALA) list of Notable Books, 2005

New York Book Show Award, Children’s Trade Fiction, 2005

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), Book of the Week, 2004

BIB Plaque, Biennale of Illustrations, Bratislava, 1999

Star from the French Union of Culture and Libraries for Excellence in the Genre, 1997

Kirkus Reviews

Minimalist verse … equally minimalist two colur illustrations …[and] typography [that] swoops and darts across the page.

The Hindu

[Ravishankar’s] verse borders on the wacky ..., making you want to repeat each line — louder and with more emphasis.

Anushka Ravishankar

Anushka Ravishankar

Dubbed ‘India’s Dr. Seuss’, Anushka Ravishankar is one of India’s most celebrated children’s authors, and her witty and jubilant tales are internationally acclaimed and widely translated. Anushka has now written over twenty books and travelled widely performing from her stories. In 2012, she founded the Indian children’s publishing house Duckbill together with Sayoni Basu. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

Pulak Biswas

Pulak Biswas

One of India’s best-known children’s illustrators, Pulak Biswas was the first Indian to receive the BIB Plaque from the Biennale of Illustrations at Bratislava, and is well-known for his joyful and innovative art. Pulak passed away in 2013, but continues to be remembered through his incredible creative output. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.

Rathna Ramanathan

Rathna Ramanathan

Designer Rathna Ramanathan has steered the design philosophy of Tara since the very beginning. In the process, she can be said to have pioneered innovative children’s book design in India. Her main interest is in typography as well as in changing the form of the book. She runs minus9, her own graphic design studio, and is currently the Head of Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.