Lost Thing

Lost Thing

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A boy discovers a bizarre-looking creature while out collecting bottle-tops at a 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 notices its presence. Each is unhelpful in their own way; strangers, friends, parents are 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.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 236 x 310 x 5mm | 254g
  • Lothian Children's Books
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 4-colour
  • 0734411383
  • 9780734411389
  • 11,130

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 20150402
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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 First
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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 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).
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Rating details

4,205 ratings
4.33 out of 5 stars
5 51% (2,156)
4 34% (1,421)
3 12% (513)
2 2% (92)
1 1% (23)

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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