The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

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A boy scavenges the beach for his bottle top collection when he discovers a lost "thing"; a large, freakish creature that looks like a cross between a crab and a pot-bellied stove. Thus begins a witty and strange narrative set in a creepy, futuristic environment. Shaun Tan’s artwork, collages comprised of such unusual elements as old textbook pages, oil paint, gears, and tubes, inspires young readers to figure out what goes where, and why, in this challenging mix of science fiction and puzzle book.

About Shaun Tan

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Award-winning artist and author Shaun Tan has achieved international recognition for his work, including the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award for this book, an Honor Book Award for Memorial (with G. Crew) and The Lost Thing, an APA Design Award, an Honorable Mention at the Bologna Book Fair, three Aurealis Awards, and Spectrum Gold and Silver Awards. In 2001 he was named best artist at the World Fantasy Awards in Montreal. A graduate of the University of Washington in 1995, with honors in fine arts and English literature, he lives in Perth, Australia.
Published July 1, 2000 by Lothian Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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The three stories within—The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and The Rabbits—were previously published (separately) in Australia and made available in the U.S. by Simply Read Books (PW gave starred reviews to all three stories).

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Curious Book Fans

A boy is busy working on his bottle-top collection at the beach when he notices the lost thing.

Nov 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Lost Thing

The Yalsa Hub

My favorite is The Red Tree, a moving story about disconnection and how an individual struggles to get through the day.

Apr 04 2011 | Read Full Review of The Lost Thing

SciFi Mafia

Three stories, written and illustrated by Shaun Tan, about how we lose and find what matters most to us.

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