On the cover of diverse book The Tigon and the Liger, a tigon and liger leap toward the reader
In a scene from The Tigon and the Liger, a tigon cub stands and gazes at the reader
In a scene from The Tigon and the Liger, a tigon and liger play hide and seek in the forest
In a scene from The Tigon and the Liger, a tigon cub and liger cub play while a tiger cub looks on
Hybrid animals like zedonks, wallaroos and more are show on this spread from The Tigon and the Liger

The Tigon and the Liger

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Written by KEILLY SWIFT | Illustrated by COSEI KAWA


Tyler the tigon has never fitted in. Neither a tiger like his dad nor a lion like his mum, poor Tyler stands out like a sore thumb. Taunted and teased by the other jungle creatures, he flees into the forest with the weight of the world on his shoulders. But who should he find there? An equally extraordinary creature with a tale to match his own… 



*Sheffield Children's Book Award (shortlist)
*Little Rebels Award (longlist)
*NSTBA Choice for Anti-Bullying Week
*Happy Book Club pick for Uniqueness Month

‘The Tigon and the Liger is destined to become a new classic and is a book every child should grow up reading.’ – First News

'I think it’s important that everyone knows it’s good to be different. The world would be so boring if everyone was exactly alike! This is a really sweet story about being exactly who you are.’ – Shreya (Age 7), Kids Book Buzz

Book Details

Reading Age: 4-6 years
Extent: 32 pages
Book size: 24 x 24 cm
Pub Date: June 2018
ISBN (softcover): 978-1-911373-15-5

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
This one's layered!

This is a great read on a base level -- in that the factual content on ligers and tigons is of value on its own (and very appealing for kids obsessed with all things animal) -- but then there's the added nuanced layers of messages and beauty to enjoy.

“It’s OK to be you!”

From the get-go, I loved this book’s message. A must-read for any third-culture kid or anyone struggling with identity between cultures. Bought another almost immediately as a gift 💗

Thank you!

As a new mum, I became very aware of wanting to make sure my child grows up celebrating and feeling proud of his mixed race background. I want to thank Lantana for coming out with this special book!

A clever, moving and uplifting rhyming story that celebrates being mixed race

This is a fabulous rhyming story which encourages children to love the skin they’re in and is a book you will want to read over and over again. The illustrations bring this story to life and help you visualise what a tigon and liger look like.