Zarif thinks that he is a very important and scary tiger but will a
cat-loving lady feel the same?
Find out what happens when the two meet.
I liked it when the tiger did this: ROARRRRRR.
Tigers are my favourite animals and I’ve always loved drawing them.
I thought it would be fun to imagine what it would be like to be a tiger and then write a story about how we see ourselves and how others may see us differently.
I’ve written a load of other books too (picture books and chapter books) but I’m still drawing the pictures for some of them – or reading through others and making a few final tweaks with a red pen!
My stories can be about anything – magic carpets, favourite foods, mischievous babies, over-enthusiastic genies and time-travelling ten-year-olds.
A lot of them celebrate diversity because I think it is important that we should see ourselves when we’re reading a story or imagine ourselves at the centre of an adventure.
I started to write children’s stories after my daughters (who are mixed race) complained about the lack of leading characters that looked like them – especially in chapter books.
So I created a girl, based on them, called Laurella Swift. Hopefully you’ll be able to meet her and read all about her adventures very soon!
I love reading children’s books – new ones, old favourites and really old ones that I didn’t get round to reading when I was a child.
I like to make lists of ‘best books’ and then share them with other people so check out my regular blog reviews and see what you think to my story suggestions.