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The Arrival

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Arrival by Shaun Tan

Book Awards

  • Winner of ABIA Australian Book of the Year for Older Children (8 to 14 Years) 2007.
  • Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2007.
  • Shortlisted for Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Young Adult Book 2007.

Book Description

Haunting, original and told entirely through exquisitely imagined black, white and sepia pictures, The Arrival is the story of one man's encounter with life in a strange new world. It's a timeless, universal story that will resonate with anyone, anywhere who has struggled to start again in a place that is different to the one they have always known. Much loved around the world, The Arrival has also won numerous awards including the CBCA Book of the Year and 'Best Album' at the Augouleme Festival in France. PRAISE for The Arrival: 'With this haunting, wordless sequence about a lonely emigrant in a bewildering city, Tan ...finds in the graphic novel format an ideal outlet for his sublime imagination...few will remain unaffected by this timeless stunner.' Publishers Weekly (USA) 'His unique ability to capture the heart and soul of a story through images more than proves the truth of the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.' The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) 'It is a magnificent and timely story of hope and persistence: deeply moving, disturbing and, at the same time, infused with quiet joy and a grand, buoyant openness to experience.' The Monthly (Australia) 'An imaginative triumph, and every home should have one.' The Times (UK) 'Filled with both subtlety and grandeur, the book is a unique work that not only fulfils but also expands the potential of its form.' Booklist (USA) 'an unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect.' Kirkus Reviews (USA) 'a remarkable and skilful work of art' The Sunday Times (UK) 'This book should be 'read' by adults and children alike. It's astonishing.' The Bookseller (UK)

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780734406941
ISBN-10: 0734406940
Format: Hardback
(316mm x 243mm x 15mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Lothian Children's Books
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publish Date: 9-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Arrival by Shaun Tan - Reviewed by (23 Jun 2011)

The Arrival is set in a world that has similararities to our own, but is quite different as well. It tells a story like no other in pictures, a story that captures the imagination and spirit and makes you wonder, a story that listens to others stories and follows a man who has been made to leave his family for work... it's a story you can write the words to in your head and which can change every day.

It has amazing artwork all through and is one of the most amazing and thoughtful books about... it's not to be missed, even if it cost $100 dollars you would have to have it!

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Author Biography - Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and graduated from the University of Western Australia with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature. He 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. His works include The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival. All have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and are enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer and a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E and in 2011, he shared an Academy Award for his work on the animated short film based on his book, The Lost Thing. In that same year, he won the Dromkeen Medal for services to children's literature and the Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award. For more information visit

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