Search Results: "Shaun Tan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SINGING BONES by Shaun Tan
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"These inscrutable, unsettling sculptures demand that viewers connect art and tale, examining their own reactions to the darkest impulses and glimpses of light within the book—and themselves. (foreword, introduction, bibliography, afterword, annotated index) (Fairy tales. 12 & up)"
Tan's latest book is a portable gallery: each spread features an artfully illuminated sculptural scene facing a paragraph-length "explanation"—an excerpt from one of 75 Grimm fairy tales. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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AMY TAN by Barbara Kramer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

Kramer (Alice Walker, 1995) describes in a clear narrative Tan's complex personal history, her intricate Chinese-American family story, and above all, her tangled relationship with her mother as the wellsprings for her fiction. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

TAN TO TAMARIND by Malathi Michelle Iyengar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Undoubtedly well-intentioned, this effort falls regrettably flat. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
Helping ethnic children find the beauty in themselves is the goal of Iyengar's celebratory cycle, which venerates various hues of brown in each poem. Read full book review >

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BLACK IS BROWN IS TAN by Arnold Adoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"As the number of interracial families goes up but their representation in picture books remains vanishingly slight, this fresh rendition still makes a cogent statement. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
The author and illustrator of this groundbreaking 1973 portrait of an interracial family (Adoff and his wife, the late Virginia Hamilton, were the models) reunite for this updated overhaul. Read full book review >