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Tales from the Inner City

By Shaun Tan

The visionary Shaun Tan returns to show us the soul-opening work he’s been doing for the past five years.

Tales from the Inner City is a collection of incredibly original stories, rich with feeling, strangely moving, almost numinous. And when the reader comes to the artwork, it’s like walking into an amazing room, and then throwing open a curtain to see a brilliant scene that makes you understand and appreciate everything you’ve encountered in a deeper way.

Reviews and Awards

⋆ “The paintings . . . are characterized by layers of glorious color, shadowy corners, dazzling luminosity, surreal situations, and ethereal beauty. They invite lingering . . . Read and reread slowly, savoring every nugget.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

⋆ “Tan’s rich imagination awakened wide-ranging philosophical reflection in his Tales from Outer Suburbia; here he directs more pointed attention to the specific conditions of urban life. In luminous poetry, prose, and artwork, he weaves magical tales based on twenty-five creatures…. So much more than simple allegories of urban decay or the loss of livable habitats for either animals or humans, these tales resist interpretation and yet generously repay rereading and lingering reflection. They are stories and poems to sit with, to live with, to read to oneself and aloud with friends so that readers and hearers might be enveloped with the quiet wonder Tan brings to the urban landscape.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

⋆ “Tan’s skill as a writer provides sturdy scaffolding for a seemingly endless stream of startling ideas…. In these uneasy, strange visions, moments of beauty, and even a bleak, futurological kind of joy, abides.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“While the stories are unexpected and thought-provoking, the illustrations are what really make this book shine. Painted in oil and acrylic on canvas, they are arrestingly luminous. Glowing cityscapes and empty streets create dreamlike backdrops for unexpected juxtapositions that range from serene to unsettling, conveying a sense of wonder, danger, and loss. Beautiful and strange, this collection is unique in both vision and execution.” - Booklist

Purchase Options
Indiebound • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Fall 2018
Picture Book (YA)
ISBN: 978-1-338-29840-6
Price: $24.99
Trim Size: 7 1/4” x 9 1/2”
Page Count: 224
Foreign Rights: Passion Pictures Australia
Translation Rights: Passion Pictures Australia
Rights Available? yes

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