- Publisher: Lothian Children's Books
- Format: Paperback | 32 pages
- Dimensions: 226mm x 306mm x 12mm | 260g
- Publication date: 1 May 2010
- Publication City/Country: Sydney
- ISBN 10: 0734411383
- ISBN 13: 9780734411389
- Illustrations note: 4-colour
- Sales rank: 742
Based on the Oscar award-winning short film, this book asks important questions: What does it mean to see things differently? What is important to notice?
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Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne. Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as THE RABBIT, THE RED TREE, THE LOST THING, and the acclaimed wordless novel THE ARRIVAL, have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E . His short film, The Lost Thing (based on his book), was released on DVD in November 2010 (Madman Entertainment).
By Julie Dinh 30 Oct 2012
The Lost Thing is a get book for storytelling! Tan (the mastermind) incorporates the concept of belonging. How we belong to the world, accept it, interact with it. Along with it's great concept there is the AMAZING illustrations that further highlights the acceptances of the lost thing int he new society. GREAT book for anyone of any age! Fun and exciting! Highly recommended! (thumps up!)
By Stephanie McNeil 09 Sep 2011
This is probably my favourite picture book ever. And for me, that's saying a lot. Every single part of the book is incorporated into the story (even the barcode!), and what an incredible story it is. I cannot praise it or it's amazingly talented creator highly enough. The intricacies of the illustrations allow for hours of perusal, there is so much to discover on every page!
Everyone should read it, and for this price, why not own it?!
A warm, funny read for kids, and an unexpectedly moving one for adults. -- Cambridge First 20110414