THE LOST THING by Shaun Tan

THE LOST THING

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

A familiar plot gets a novel setting and cast in Tan’s first solo outing. A young narrator recalls finding a lost item on the beach one day. After failing to identify its original owners, or to secure parental permission to keep it, he nearly consigns it to the tender mercies of the Federal Department of Odds and Ends (Motto: “sweepus underum carpetae”), before discovering an altogether better home. The fact that the “item” looks like an octopus and a huge hermit crab living together in a giant red teapot is but one of many visual twists here. Lad and Thing wander through a city of bare concrete walls and drab, stiffly oblivious adults—all dingily lit and placed against full-bleed collages composed of hundreds of small, clipped swatches of printed text and quirky newspaper ads. At last the child ushers his companion through an out-of-the-way door to a land where similarly surreal creatures cavort, and returns to sorting his bottle-top collection. 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)

Pub Date: Feb. 15th, 2005
ISBN: 1-894965-10-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simply Read
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2005




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