Author(s): Shaun Tan
The highly acclaimed, multi award-winning Tales from Outer Suburbiabeautifully presented as a book and jigsaw puzzle boxset.
Shaun Tan produces wonderful books, The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia are two of my favourites. Tales from Outer Suburbia has recently been re-published with an accompanying jigsaw puzzle in a slipcase edition. This book is for slightly older reading age than his well-known picture books, The Red Tree and The Lost Thing. Each chapter is a story set in the world of Outer Suburbia: they are intriguing magical tales about what you may notice if you observe your surroundings carefully. A water buffalo that lives at the end of the street, a journey to the edge of the world at the edge of suburbia, a beautiful garden discovered beyond the walls of a mundane suburban home, and the colourful worlds you find beyond the drabness of everyday existence. Tan’s drawings and stories are exquisite, sometimes unsettling, but always a glimmer of something beautiful just around the corner if you’re adventurous enough to step out on a journey of discovery.
'Tan's work overflows with human warmth and childlike wonder. But it also makes a perfect adult bedtime story, a little something to shake loose your imagination from the moors of reality right before your own dreams kick in.' - The New York Times
Shaun Tan grew up in Perth, Western Australia and currently works as an artist, writer and film-maker in Melbourne. He began creating images for science fiction 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 dream-like imagery...The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Arrival, Rules of Summer and The Singing Bones, have been enjoyed by readers of all ages, locally and internationally. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for Pixar and Blue Sky Studios, and won an Academy Award for the short film adaptation of The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, in recognition of his services to literature for young people...