Books by Shaun Tan

RULES OF SUMMER by Shaun Tan
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 29, 2014

"Evocative, enthralling and with absolutely astounding artwork so good readers will wish that, like summer, it would last forever. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
One summer, two brothers live by mysteriously dire rules laid down by the older of the pair. Read full book review >
THE BIRD KING by Shaun Tan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Rewarding territory to explore not just for budding artists or writers, but for daydreamers in general. (media and production notes) (Artist's sampler/showcase. 6 & up)"
From a master of visual mystery, a beguiling gathering of sketches, doodles, portraits and written thoughts about art and creativity. Read full book review >
TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA by Shaun Tan
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Graphic-novel and text enthusiasts alike will be drawn to this breathtaking combination of words and images. (Graphic anthology. 12 & up)"
Nameless, ageless, genderless first-person narrators bring readers into offbeat yet recognizable places in this sparkling, mind-bending collection from the creator of The Arrival (2007). Read full book review >
PRETTY MONSTERS by Kelly Link
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Fantasy readers used to long, single tomes may hesitate at the short-story format, but once they see these, they will want more. (Fantasy/short stories. 14 & up)"
Although some of Link's work appears in other YA and adult short-story anthologies, this is her first collection wholly aimed at a young-adult audience. Read full book review >
THE ARRIVAL by Shaun Tan
Kirkus Star
by Shaun Tan, illustrated by Shaun Tan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"It's an unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect. (Graphic novel. 10+)"
An astonishing wordless graphic novel blends historical imagery with science-fiction elements to depict—brilliantly—the journey of an immigrant man from his terror-beset land of origin to a new, more peaceful home. Read full book review >
THE LOST THING by Shaun Tan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"Like David Christiana's art, or Colin Thompson's, the mix of familiarity and strangeness here will pull readers into a tantalizingly different world. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A familiar plot gets a novel setting and cast in Tan's first solo outing. Read full book review >
THE RABBITS by John Marsden
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Who indeed. (Picture book. 8-10)"
In this terse, allegorical import, the arrival of technologically proficient "Rabbits" to a new land leads to warfare with indigenous residents, teeming cities, and devastation of the natural environment. Read full book review >
THE RED TREE by Shaun Tan
by Shaun Tan, illustrated by Shaun Tan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2003

"An imaginative, sad, and ultimately uplifting tale of very few words and extraordinary images. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Tan, who won the Best Artist Award at the World Fantasy Convention in 2001, creates an unusual work for the very young that illuminates a dark side too often ignored or unacknowledged in children. Read full book review >