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Children's Book Recommendation: Shaun Tan

"Most of my time is spent writing and illustrating picture books, they are not created with children in mind, but rather a general audience. I see each book as an experiment in visual and written narrative, part of an ongoing exploration of this fascinating literary form." Shaun Tan


The Bird King is a collection of various sketches: random jottings, preliminary designs for book, film and theatre projects, sketchbook pages and drawings from life. Each of these represent some aspect of a working process, whereby stories generally evolve from visual research and free-wheeling doodles.

Pages: 128

Age: From 12

Language: English (Templar Publishing)  and German (Carlsen)

Price: 24,90€

Tales from Outer Suburbia is an anthology of fifteen very short illustrated stories. Each one is about a strange situation or event that occurs in an otherwise familiar suburban world; a visit from a nut-sized foreign exchange student, a sea creature on someone’s front lawn, a new room discovered in a family home, a sinister machine installed in a park, a wise buffalo that lives in a vacant lot. The real subject of each story is how ordinary people react to these incidents, and how their significance is discovered, ignored or simply misunderstood.

Pages: 96

Age: from 12

Language: English (Templar Publishing) and German (Carlsen)

Price: 19,90€

Eric is a foreign exchange student who comes to live with a typical suburban family. Although everyone is delighted with the arrangement, cultural misunderstandings ensure, beginning with Eric's insistence on sleeping in a pantry cupboard rather than a specially prepared guest room.

Publisher: Templar Publishing / Carlsen

Pages: 44

Age: from 12

Language: English (Templar Publishing) and German (Carlsen)

Price: 8,90€

The Arrival is a migrant story from a man who leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.

Pages: 125

Age: from 12

Language: English (Templar Publishing) and German (Carlsen)

Price: 29,90€

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Letzte Änderung am Mittwoch, 29 Februar 2012 10:23

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