Academy Award and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Shaun Tan combines humour and surreal fantasy to picture a summer in the lives of two boys. The boys hide from a giant red rabbit and outwit a crowd of scary eagles, but when they their games become ever darker and sinister they learn that breaking the rules can be dangerous. 'Visually fascinating.' - The New York Times 'Thrilling, disturbing and hard to shake...one startling image after another.' - Wall Street Journal Other titles by Shaun Tan include: The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival. Read more about Shaun Tan at http://www.shauntan.net/
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(310mm x 276mm x 11mm)
Lothian Children's Books
Publisher: Hachette Australia
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Illustrator Shaun Tan talks to Michael Cathcart about 'Rules of Summer' [HD] ABC Radio National
Shaun Tan's picture books take us into strange and beautiful worlds in which familiar places (back alleys, suburban streets and the basements of houses) become landscapes of fantasy and sometimes of menace. This is an innocent world in which little people come face to face with big questions about life and history. Questions about who were are in the midst of all the clamour. Shaun's titles include the The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, and The Arrival, his acclaimed graphic novel about a migrant who leaves his home country for a better life. A charming animated version of his story The Lost Thing earned him an Oscar. Last year Shaun took out the prestigious Swedish prize for children's literature, the Astrid Lindgren Award. His latest picture book is called Rules of Summer and it's the story of two young boys whose friendship is tested by many challenging situations.
Author Biography - Shaun Tan
Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne. Shaun 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. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia.