The Arrival (Hardback)
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DescriptionA truly remarkable work of art that is already one of the most talked-about book of the season. "A shockingly imaginative graphic novel that captures the sense of adventure and wonder that surrounds a new arrival on the shores of a shining new city. Wordless, but with perfect narrative flow, Tan gives us a story filled with cityscapes worthy of Winsor McCay." -- Jeff Smith, author of Bone "A magical river of strangers and their stories!" -- Craig Thompson, author of Blankets "Magnificent." -- David Small, Caldecott Medalist
- Published: 01 October 2007
- Format: Hardback 128 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780439895293 ISBN 10: 0439895294
- Sales rank: 706
Reviews for The Arrival
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A book with no words, but it still says more than most novels!
This is one of my favourite books. If I were asked "What book would you most like to see in every school library in the world?" I would not hesitate to name this book. The illustrations are mesmerising, the storyline is human and heartwarming, and above all it is entertaining.
Despite the lack of a single word (or even recognisable letter) the story is clear - it tells the tale of a man who flees a troubled land to find work in a new country, leaving his wife and child behind. Everything it strange and difficult, but he befriends other who have also fled from various troubles in their own home, and they help him to find a job and find his way through day to day tasks like shopping and taking some very unusual public transport. Eventually he establishes himself enough so that he can reach his goal - a stable home for his wife and child.
Some of the illustrations could be considered scary (think dragons and giants with flamethrowers) and the themes are a little complex, so this might be better for older children even though it is a 'picture book'. But I would think most eight year olds would be able to handle it.
I love this book. In fact, I might just go read it again right now! by Trowzers