The Arrival by Shaun Tan

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A truly remarkable work of art that is already one of the most talked-about book of the season.

"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. Wordless, but with perfect narrative flow, Tan gives us a story filled with cityscapes worthy of Winsor McCay." -- Jeff Smith, author of Bone
"A magical river of strangers and their stories!" -- Craig Thompson, author of Blankets
"Magnificent." -- David Small, Caldecott Medalist
 

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 October 1, 2007 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 128 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An astonishing wordless graphic novel blends historical imagery with science-fiction elements to depict—brilliantly—the journey of an immigrant man from his terror-beset land of origin to a new, more peaceful home.

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The New York Times

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With “The Arrival,” Tan the graphic novelist has finally arrived.

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Entertainment Weekly

Wordless, but with perfect narrative flow, Tan gives us a story filled with cityscapes worthy of Winsor McCay.'' — Jeff Smith, author of Bone ''A magical river of strangers and their stories!'' — Craig Thompson, author of Blankets

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The Bookbag

And if any publisher seeks an illustrator for an alien land with pitch-perfect credible humans in it, and doesn't request Tan first and foremost, they would need their heads examining.

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Common Sense Media

But though this is a wordless picture book, it's much too hard to follow for the usual picture book audience -- it's best for middle elementary and older.

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Zimbio

The true gift of this story comes from the way that the reader must also decipher the land and it’s workings, creatures, food alongside the main character.

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Fantasy Literature

However, the power of Tan’s work is such that readers will themselves feel as though they are migrating into a new world, and isn’t that what SFF readers are looking for?.

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Fantasy Literature

However, the power of Tan’s work is such that readers will themselves feel as though they are migrating into a new world, and isn’t that what SFF readers are looking for?.

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The Trades

Learning how to "read" this tale is likely the closest many people can get to appreciating how strange things must look to someone from a foreign land trying to make a new start.

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Live Journal

I have been thinking though about the relative lack of Asian “American” graphic novelists from South Asian and Southeast Asian “regions” and was wondering if any of you had any leads there?

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Graphic Novel Reporter

The reader reminisces about generations gone by, parents, grandparents, or even further back into history, to think of the many heartbreaking ways people leave their families behind in search of a new life and a opportunity to create a new family elsewhere.

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