- Publisher: Scholastic US
- Format: Hardback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 224mm x 300mm x 15mm | 839g
- Publication date: 1 October 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0439895294
- ISBN 13: 9780439895293
- Sales rank: 907
'The Arrival' is a long-awaited, textless graphic novel by the renowned Shaun Tan.
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Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel THE ARRIVAL, and also TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA, a collection of illustrated short stories. Both books were named to the New York Times list of Best Illustrated Children's Books. He won an Oscar for his short film "The Lost Thing" based on a story in the book LOST & FOUND: THREE BY SHAUN TAN, and he is also the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Shaun Tan lives in Melbourne, Australia.
By Trowzers 28 Jul 2010
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!