Lost Thing

Lost Thing

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The Lost Thing is a humorous story about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature whilst out collecting bottle-tops at the beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but the problem is met with indifference by everyone else, who barely notice it's presence. Each is unhelpful in their own way; strangers, friends, parents all unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to day-to-day life. In spite of his better judgement, the boy feels sorry for this hapless creature, and attempts to find out where it belongs. Shaun Tan creates intricate collages filled with whimsical images, bright colors, and meaningful prose. He invites his readers to look at the world in a different way.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 226 x 306 x 12mm | 260g
  • Hachette Australia
  • Lothian Children's Books
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 4-colour
  • 0734411383
  • 9780734411389
  • 12,026

About Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of The Lost Thing, The Red Tree and The Arrival, all of which have won numerous international awards. The Lost Thing animation recently won an Oscar for the best animated short film. The Arrival won Shaun the Bologna Ragazzi Prize and Picture Book of the Year from CBCA 2007 amongst others. Shaun's books have been widely translated. Previous books Shaun has illustrated include The Rabbits by John Marsden (CBCA Picture Book of the Year) and with Gary Crew, Memorial (A CBCA Honour Book) and The Viewer (winner of the Crichton Award for illustration). In 2001 Shaun received the 'World Fantasy Best Artist Award' for his body of work. Shaun is the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award. The award described Shaun as 'a masterly visually storyteller'.show more

Review quote

This book is a quest for the "Lost Thing" to find a place where it belongs. But perhaps even more, it is also a quest for meaning on the part of the reader. guardian.co.uk A warm, funny read for kids, and an unexpectedly moving one for adults. Cambridge Firstshow more

Review Text

This book is a quest for the "Lost Thing" to find a place where it belongs. But perhaps even more, it is also a quest for meaning on the part of the reader. guardian.co.uk 20150402show more

Rating details

3,641 ratings
4.33 out of 5 stars
5 52% (1,880)
4 33% (1,218)
3 12% (447)
2 2% (76)
1 1% (20)

Our customer reviews

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!)show more
by Julie Dinh
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?!show more
by Stephanie McNeil
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