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Book DetailsISBN: 9781741149173
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Book Review: Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan - Reviewed by Romi Foster (23 Jun 2011)
Tales From Outer Suberbia is a very unusual book, each seperate story are not very long, but all tell their own story in perfect timeness and they never feel like they are going for too long. Shaun Tan has an almost magical way of creating stories you'd never have guessed could be real, but which feel completely real and natural when you read them, he does the illustrations and they just complament the story, it's almost a feeling of if they weren't there, it wouldn't be a book. Not almost like that actually. Like that.
The stories of the exchange student and where he lives, how he is happy, why do the dogs sit on the furniture, what's the story behind them? Who is the deep sea diver, who walks the streets in submarine gear? And what will happen when a huge sea animal is found on the front lawn of the family who shout all night....
It is a magical collection that are meaningful and inspirational.
Shaun Tan has been illustrating young adult fiction and picture books since 1996 and is recognised as a leading creator of 'sophisticated picture books'. The Lost Thing, 2000, described as Gary Larson meets Jeffrey Smart, contrasts the casual 'What I did on my holidays' narrative with bizarre, freakishly surreal scenes. In 2002 The Red Tree won Patricia Wrightson Award, NSW Premier's Literary Awards and was an Honour Book in the 2002 CBCA awards In 2007 Shaun's brilliant wordless book, The Arrival won The NSW Premier's Book of the Year and the Community Relations Commission Award, the 2007 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award and achieved a Special Mention in the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award. Shaun's honours include the International Illustrators of the Future Contest (1992, the Spectrum Gold and Silver Awards, the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards for Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the 2001 World Fantasy Award as Best Artist.
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