The Arrival (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Arrival In this wordless graphic novel, Tan captures the struggles and joy of the immigrant experience through clear, mesmerizing images which tell the story of a man who leaves his homeland and his family to build a better life. Young adult.
- Published: 01 October 2007
- Format: Hardback 128 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780439895293 ISBN 10: 0439895294
- Sales rank: 584
Reviews for The Arrival
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