Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan

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Shaun Tan follows THE ARRIVAL with a collection of off-the-wall tales combined with his genius illustrations in a unique hybrid format that will build on our current success.

An exchange student who's really an alien, a secret room that becomes the perfect place for a quick escape, a typical tale of grandfatherly exaggeration that is actually even more bizarre than he says... These are the odd details of everyday life that grow and take on an incredible life of their own in tales and illustrations that Shaun Tan's many fans will love.
 

About Shaun Tan

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Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel THE ARRIVAL, and also TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA, a collection of illustrated short stories. Both books were named to the New York Times list of Best Illustrated Children's Books. He won an Oscar for his short film "The Lost Thing" based on a story in the book LOST & FOUND: THREE BY SHAUN TAN, and he is also the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Shaun Tan lives in Melbourne, Australia.
 
Published February 1, 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 96 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Fiction

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Dysfunctional parents and the child they ignore are brought together when a dugong appears in their front lawn in “Undertow.” With these and other short stories, Tan brings magic to places where magic rarely happens in books.

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The proper way to salute the genius of Shaun Tan would be to draw a picture, or really three pictures.

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The Guardian

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Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Its creator, Shaun Tan, is best known for The Arrival, a wordl...

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Common Sense Media

Now, with TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA, he has created something else -- a collection of short, surrealist tales, as dependent on the illustrations as on the words to tell the stories.

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Shelf Awareness

Tan invites readers to consider the perils of suburban life and its numbing of the senses in these 15 stories and strips.

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Graphic Novel Reporter

It’s worth repeating that Tan has a gift for expressing the inexpressible and highlighting those universally poignant moments that life surprises us with from time to time, through his careful coupling of words and art --- a balance many authors or illustrators might find difficult to replicate.

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