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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN: 0439895294
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wow. For a book that has no words this one sure was a power ‘read.’ The Arrival by Shaun Tan is the story of a man who leaves his home and family and moves to a new place. The place is strange and foreign and he doesn’t speak the language. Yet he must find a way to fit in, to adapt to his surroundings if he’s to survive.

As said this is a powerful story about what it means to be an immigrant. Many in America are descendants from people just like the man in the story. People who pack a bag and leave everything they know behind in the hopes for a better life. But its not the ‘story’ that make this book. Its the amazing and so very detailed drawings. As said there are no words. The colors are all muted sepia tones for the most part…and yet they are all so vivid. I spent hours lingering over each page absorbing every detail. This is a book that I highly recommend to people of all ages.

3 Responses to “The Arrival by Shaun Tan”

  1. Charley

    I like this book, too. I think it took the author something like 4 years to create. It’s been a while since I looked at it, but I recall my favorite illustration as the one where the two enormous men are shaking hands in their boats, and they have they creatures either on their shoulders or nearby.

  2. Library Cat

    I work in a Curriculum Materials Library at a University and our pre-service teachers are always looking for wordless books to review for their classes – this sounds like a great one that is over the P-3 grade range.
    LibrarysCat