Books by Shaun Tan

TALES FROM THE INNER CITY by Shaun Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Read and reread slowly, savoring every nugget. (Fiction. 12-adult)"
In contrast to the neighborhood settings of Tales from Outer Suburbia (2009), this collection of 25 illustrated poems and stories explores the dynamics between animals and humans amid breathtakingly imaginative scenes in skyscrapers and gutters. Read full book review >
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
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 >