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The Arrival

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What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 236 x 318 x 15mm | 906g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Throughout
  • 0340969938
  • 9780340969939
  • 26,503

Review Text

All ages respond to this moving picture book, a moving tribute to displaced people. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) The Sunday Times 20141005
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This book soars as it reflects all of our beginnings. -- Fran Knight * ReadPlus * A wordless work of art. * Sunday Express (Cressida Cowell) * Stunning illustrations... poignant and atmospheric. * Observer * 'Tan delineates the strange, sad experience of immigration in stunning, sepia-toned, exquisitely detailed, wordless panels. An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one.' * The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade -at 35 * Sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. "An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one." * The Times * 'a brilliant wordless story of a migrant arriving in a strange, indecipherable city.' * Anthony Browne, The Telegraph * A true marvel on any bookshelf, a unique piece of at and a beautifully told story. * School Librarian * The surreal, sepia illustrations in th is remarkable book invite repeated study. Strangely beautiful and frightening, you can spend hours searching for hidden meanings and extra stories. * Carousel * The reader's experience, as he or she tries to make sense of the unfamiliar scenes and strange images, parallels that of the emigrant, striving to understand without the aid of language. This extraordinarily accomplished pieces of storytelling can be read and understood on many different levels. * The Guardian * A powerful, at times harrowing read, Tan's creation is a major achievement. * Books for Keeps * It will fascinate and occupy adults and children alike * The Observer * This book should be 'read' by adults and children alike. It's astonishing. * Bookseller * Shaun Tan's The Arrival may be the most brilliant book of the year' * School Library journal * Shaun Tan's artwork creates a fantastical, hauntingly familiar atmosphere. A strange, moving, and beautiful story. * Jon J Muth, author of Zen Shorts and illustrator of Sandman * Anyone who thinks that the graphic novel is no more than a flash-in-the-pan phenomenon, ought to take a look at "The Arrival." This magnificent work not only establishes itself in a major new literary genre but raises the stakes for anyone seriously considering working in it. * David Small, Caldecott Medalist for So You Want To Be President? * The Arrival is beautiful... The drawings are just so lovely, endlessly detailed and wonderfully strange. And the design of the book, with it's wrinkled pages and stains and broken leather is marvellous. * Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret * Entirely wordless, but brimming with sounds and conversations in foreign tongues, Shaun Tan's book emanates the warmth of faded photographs... * Craig Thompson, author of Blankets * Shaun Tan delivers 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... The Arrival is one of the best graphic novels of the year! * Jeff Smith, author of Bone * The Arrival is an absolute wonder. It's not often you see art of this quality, or a book that's so brave. * Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis and Embroideries * Tan's lovingly laid out and masterfully rendered tale about the immigrant experience is a documentary magically told by way of Surrealism. * Art Spiegelman, author of Maus: A Survivor's Tale * ...an unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect. * Kirkus Reviews * Filled with both subtlety and grandeur, the book is a unique work that not only fulfills but also expands the potential of its form. * Booklist * With this haunting, wordless sequence about a lonely emigrant in a bewildering city, Tan ... finds in the graphic novel format an ideal outlet for his sublime imagination.... few will remain unaffected by this timeless stunner. * Publishers Weekly * This book should be 'read' by adults and children alike. It's astonishing. * Marilyn Brocklehurst, Norfolk Children's Book Centre * ...a remarkable and skilful work of art. * Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times * All ages respond to this moving picture book, a moving tribute to displaced people. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) * The Sunday Times *
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About Shaun Tan

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 Rabbits , 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. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia.

Shaun is the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award. The awad described Shaun as 'a masterly visually storyteller'.

The Lost Thing animation recently won an Oscar for the best animated short film.
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Rating details

41,340 ratings
4.32 out of 5 stars
5 56% (23,225)
4 27% (11,218)
3 11% (4,644)
2 3% (1,412)
1 2% (841)
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