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Cicada

By Shaun Tan


From the visionary Shaun Tan, an inspirational story for older picture book readers and beyond.

Cicada tells the story of a hardworking little cicada who is completely unappreciated for what he does. But in the end, just when you think he's given up, he makes a transformation into something ineffably beautiful. A metaphor for growing up? A bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and more.


Reviews and Awards

⋆ “The oil paintings of shadowy, cramped spaces transition to a brightened sky; a split in Cicada's body reveals a molten glow. An orange-red winged nymph emerges and joins a sky full of friends flying to the forest, where they have the last laugh. No Kafkaesque conclusion here; metamorphosis brings liberation and joy. Simultaneously sobering and uplifting, it will lead thoughtful readers to contemplate othering in their own lives.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Purchase Options
Indiebound • Amazon • Barnes & Noble


Spring 2019
Picture Book (YA)
ISBN: 978-1-338-29839-0
Price: $19.99 / $26.99
Trim Size: 7 1/4” x 9 1/2”
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Passion Pictures Australia
Translation Rights: Passion Pictures Australia
Rights Available? yes


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