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The Arrival - Shaun Tan

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Published: October 2006
For Ages: 11+ years old
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A unique 128-page, textless graphic novel, in black, white and sepia, drawing inspiration from tales of migrants in past and recent times.

A unique 128-page, textless graphic novel, in black, white and sepia, The Arrival draws its inspiration from tales of migrants in past and recent times. The central character is a middle-aged man who arrives in a strange new place and tries to find a place to live, a job and a handle on a new language. He encounters many challenges, all described entirely through visual sequences. The absence of words emphasises the strangeness of the situation and the loneliness experienced by many migrants, but the ending is full of affirmation and hope, when the wife and son the migrant had to leave behind are finally able to join him in their new homeland.

About The Author

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. Books such as The Rabbits , The Red Tree , The Lost Thing , and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival , have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages. 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 . His short film, The Lost Thing (based on his book), will be released on DVD in November 2010 with Madman Entertainment.

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5.0

Dark, brooding but hopeful

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from Melbourne AU

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  • Easy To Understand
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    Comments about The Arrival:

    This graphics only novel takes the 'viewer' on a dramatic, thought-provoking journey though despair, hope and love.

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    4.0

    Beautiful, heartfelt illustrations

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    from Brisbane

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        Poignant read for young and old, the detail in the illustrations is superb. A relevant storyline written from the often neglected firsthand perspective.

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        5.0

        A mesmerizing journey for young and old

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        from Gold Coast

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            Comments about The Arrival:

            This book was written by a genius artist and master
            storyteller. I was moved to tears and laugh out loud.
            The artwork oozes with imagination and haunting images. The content is spot on. As an immigrant myself
            I couldn't relate to it more. If you ever only read one picture book - read this one. As an artist I was blown away by the scale of the work.
            A rare treasure.

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            4.0

            Wonderful graphic novel

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            from mid North Coast NSW

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              Comments about The Arrival:

              This novel is generic in respect of the concept of people moving to another place. It could be any person having to leave all that is familiar to move to another land where all is unfamiliar. The pictures clearly show the pain and heartbreak of leaving and the unfamiliarity of any new place. The main character has difficulty with the language, currency, culture etc but gradually seems to fit in.

              Someone should buy this book for Tony Abbott or others who think that refugees get special treatment or somehow get an easy ride when they 'Arrive' in another country. This book may instil some compassion.

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              '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]

              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. Books such as The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages. 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; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia.

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              ISBN: 9780734406941
              ISBN-10: 0734406940
              Audience: Children
              For Ages: 11+ years old
              Format: Hardcover
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 128
              Published: October 2006
              Publisher: Hachette Australia
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 31.3 x 24.0  x 1.4
              Weight (kg): 0.92
              Edition Number: 1