Yes, I know, I literally just complained about there being a deluge of international-thingy-days and yet here I am promoting another one. The tiger is one of those go-to characters for children's books. They combine eye-catching black and white elements with a vivid splash of orange, which makes them instantly recognisable and arresting. They typically live in the rich greeny-yellow jungle, so their habit is also a joy to colour. And then when you stick them in any other environment they stand out a mile and that creates a visual punchiness for the picture book. So yeah, illustrators LOVE tigers and don't want to imagine a world without them.