288F: Boy in pajamas chases illusory tiger (Solved)

I’m looking for a children’s book I read in the late 80’s. From what I can remember it was about a boy in pajamas that is chasing a tiger or other large cat, but pretty sure it wasn’t a lion, I don’t remember a mane. The tiger was hidden on every page, in the background such as hidden as a pattern of stars in the night sky, a symbol on the border of a tent, or made of vines. As far as the setting I believe it was in the boys’ dreams. The book had a very surreal feel to it, and the book was filled with illusions. These illusions made a thing look like another, like a strongman made entirely of things from the sea, like seashells, crabs, etc. Here’s an example of the type of illusions I remember in the book

They do visit a circus at one point, because I seem to remember one page outside the circus tent, and possibly one more. But the book wasn’t entirely centered around the circus, it felt like they were just passing through. The circus is a google trap though, there are lots of kids book involving the circus and a tiger, and I haven’t found one yet that matches what I remember. The book is definitely not I Spy A Tiger, Heart of A Tiger, Riding the Tiger, A Lion in the Meadow, A Tiger Took Me to the Circus, It’s a Tiger, or Come the Terrible Tiger. Please help! I’ve spent hours searching on the internet, but I keep getting nothing.

4 thoughts on “288F: Boy in pajamas chases illusory tiger (Solved)

  1. Susan Reagel

    I have also been looking for this book! A few more clues for you… The tiger was actually the boy’s shadow which was brought to life by the moon, the boy is trying to catch it again. On many of the pages it is a black cat as well. One two-page spread was set up like a board game. The title MAY have had the words Moon Shadow and Cat in it. I believe it is a British author and artist.

    1. Dan

      Solved!!! Thanks so much Lynne! No wonder it was so hard to find, with such a generic name i couldnt even find it on google without the author’s name as well.

      Thanks again!!!


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