A collection of three jaw-dropping stories from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Shaun Tan
A girl finds a bright spot in a dark world. A boy leads a strange, lost creature home. And a group of peaceful creatures cedes their home to cruel invaders. Shaun Tan, with his understated voice and brilliant draftsmanship proved that he has a unique imaginative window to our souls, and an unparalleled ability to share that opening with pictures and narratives that are as unexpected as they are deeply true.
Originally published in Australia, these three beloved and acclaimed tales were never widely available in the U.S. Now for the first time, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and the John Marsden classic The Rabbits are presented in their entirety with additional new artwork and authors' notes. Together they tell a tale that will leave no reader unmoved, about how we lose and find what matters most to us.
Watch a trailer for Shaun Tan's Academy Award-winning animated short film of The Lost Thing at www.thelostthing.com.
Reviews and Awards
A 2012 ALA Notable Children’s Book
Parents’ Choice Gold Award
2012 USBBY Outstanding International Book
“Shaun Tan creates a landscape part Bosch, part Lewis Carroll, narrates with a young, quiet voice, and, once again, makes a book like no one else's.” - Chicago Tribune
“Shaun Tan rocks my retinas… The book is gorgeously designed, the stories are evocative and mysterious, and every page of Tan's paintings - I can't bring myself to call them mere illustrations - commands long moments of study.” - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"With glowing critical receptions for The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia, Tan's career had already been ascendant before his Oscar night success, and this offering should only further raise his profile." - Publishers Weekly
⋆ “The largeness of the landscapes and the scarcity of text in these stories give readers’ own imaginations room to stretch–they are undeniably strange, emotionally diverse, and unsettling. Certain kids will return to this book again and again.” - School Library Journal, starred review
⋆ “Tan may be best known in these parts for his masterful graphic novel, The Arrival (2007), and the eerie and unforgettable illustrated short-story collection, Tales from Outer Suburbia (2009), but before he was obliterating preconceived notions in those formats, he produced several astonishing picture books…. Though these pieces are, technically, picture books, their design sensibility is extremely sophisticated, with page compositions and image tones that realize the narratives in subtle and powerful ways. They are also possessed of deep wisdom and a strong sense of melancholy, if not, in The Rabbits, downright tragedy. While they are most assuredly not for young children, these stories representing the visionary work of a master storyteller, illustrator, and designer who cares deeply about his message deserve a place in almost every collection.” - Booklist, starred review
“This compilation of three previously published but hard-to-find picture books is a treat for fans of Shaun Tan who know only his last two books, The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia…. Since something in each story is both lost and found, the title perfectly captures the thematic connection. And Tan’s superb artwork - quirky, surreal, paradoxically inviting and alienating—is tailored to each story without any loss of his signature style.” - Horn Book
“Texts throughout are intense yet terse, musing yet sharp, but they’re largely supporting players, voiceovers to the drama of the piercing, fantastical illustrations. A connecting thread of alienation ensures that readers will be both moved and inspired by the collection as a whole.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Price: $21.99 / $24.99
Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 11 1/4"
Page Count: 128
Foreign Rights: Hachette Australia
Translation Rights: Hachette Australia
Rights Available? yes