Tiger Skin Rug


Lal and Dilip miss home. They don’t like drizzle, midges, or the tiger skin rug in their creepy new house. All they want is to go back to India. But that’s before they meet Jenny, and before the tiger comes back to life with an old promise to keep…

Authors Biography

Joan Haig, born in Zambia, was weaned on avocados and stories. Having lived all over the world, she now lives in the Scottish Borders. She recently edited an anthology for children in lockdown (Cranachan Publishing) and is working on a children’s nonfiction (Templar). Tiger Skin Rug is her first novel.


“A unique and atmospheric middle-grade fantasy adventure… There’s something timelessly appealing about magic carpet adventures.”
Books for Topics
“[It] held me entranced. It’s an example of writing for children at its very best and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s brilliant.”
Linda’s Book Bag
“Everything about this book is delightful: the children and their families, the magical tiger, the wonderful characters they meet… and the gentle references to conservation.”
Anna’s Adventures in Book Land
“A fast-paced adventure which was lots of fun to read but one which had important underlying messages too.”
Get Kids Into Books
“Books from Scotland 2020 Highlights”
The Bookseller, April

Leave a comment about this book:


  1. My 9yr old I loved this adventure with so much drama and mystery and kindness. Can’t recommend highly enough.

  2. Just loved this book, a beautiful story about the importance of friendship, family, home and adventure. Exploring the similarities and differences between cultures. So superbly written that all your senses are ignited in the wildly different settings.

  3. Magical imaginative
    book for children and even young adults.

  4. Kids loved it! Enjoyed myself.

  5. Superb story. Completely absorbing.

  6. Brilliant book that captured the imagination of my whole family. I encourage everyone to hop on board the tiger skin rug!

  7. Not only a beautiful adventure with a timely message, but really poetically written.

  8. Story telling at its best. This beautiful adventure book captivated my ten year old – it was gobbled up in a day and a half!

  9. Wonderful book about ‘home’ and ‘belonging’. Will order a few copies for Christmas presents this year to gift to friends’ kids.

  10. A wonderful imaginative adventure!

  11. It’s a lovely, exciting and compassionate story. My 9-year-old son loved it, and keeps going back to it.

  12. My 12 and 10 year old loved it! I read it to my 7 year old too who kept asking me to please ‘read some more daddy’… loved the way it was written! More please!

  13. Great book for the children

  14. A beautiful story to read to a class and discuss differences in cultures, conservation and much more!

  15. Beautifully written for children very talented writer.
    My nephew was entralled by this book. Can’t wait until the next one comes out.

  16. This is a fantastic adventure story that had me hooked from the very first chapter – a must for every school library!

  17. Wonderful story which my granddaughter loved!

  18. A beautiful story with characters that you will love. The Tiger is pure magic, you really want to keep reading as the story gradually unwinds and you can find out what secrets have been locked away for so long. Many things to commend this book – mystery, vivid description of Indian culture, themes of conservation, and the importance of family. Most of all, it is just a beautifully written book.

  19. Completely lovely – a window into another culture from the familiarity of our own. And who can fault a flying tiger? 🙂

  20. Everything about this book is delightful: the children and their families, the magical tiger, the wonderful characters they meet along the way and the gentle references to conservation and environmental issues. But I think my favourite element is the moment where Lal realises what home really means. 

  21. Top class story telling – I love this book!

  22. Agree with all the comments above. Got get the book now!

  23. A beautifully written book for both the young and young at heart. Joan Haig is a wonderful storyteller!

  24. An outstanding book for middle-grade readers, which deserves to become a classic.

  25. A wonderful, bold and original story. The plot is clever and engaging, and the messages on diversity and conservation do not overwhelm the adventure. The indie press behind this book is small but ambitious – Tiger Skin Rug deserves to go far.

  26. If you long for the gentler days of children’s fiction (without a jangling cartoon cover, a celebrity author or a plot based on children being vile and getting away with it) then Joan Haig’s Tiger Skin Rug is the book for you. An intelligent, exciting read for children, parents and grandparents all over the world, it harks back to the magical wonders of E Nesbit’s psammead and phoenix. A keeper!

  27. Original story.

  28. Since launching my children’s book blog ‘Stoomio’ last year I have read a lot of good books. Tiger Skin Rug however is that next level.

    It’s incredibly well written and had me gripped. A special book indeed.

  29. A wonderful book full of adventure, magic and kindness.

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  37. Fabulous book!

  38. Tiger Skin Rug is wonderful – beautifully written and illustrated, I have read it several times and given it to grandchildren. Joan is obviously a children’s writer to watch. Good luck to her.

  39. My granddaughter loved it — and she’s a demanding young miss

  40. A great read. The book’s themes were interesting, unique, and vibrant. As well as showcasing both Indian and Scottish culture, it tells a great story and quite literally brings the characters to life.

  41. Beautifully written book, really enjoyed it .

  42. Wonderful story which deserves to read by all…even adults!

  43. What a lovely story. Our whole family loves it. The characters are very believable and all the difference.

  44. A favourite bedtime story, beautifully written. A joy to read.

  45. Lovely book and absolutely live the front cover..

  46. Great book!

  47. Wonderful book! I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the strong environmental message.

  48. Just loved this book. Full of imagination and excitement, with a really good message to boot! I’d recommend it to anyone who loves adventure and animals!

  49. This magical book is everything a children’s book should be and more. I loved reading it to my kids and they were enthralled from start to finish. We can’t wait to find out what other treasures this author has in store for us.

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