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The Arrival - Shaun Tan

Hardcover

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.

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.

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4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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  • Deserves multiple readings (5)
  • Easy to understand (4)
  • Inspirational (4)
  • Informative (3)
  • Relevant (3)

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5.0

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from Sydney Australia

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Pros

  • A wordless book that says so much

Cons

  • Engaging

Best Uses

  • Human Interest

Comments about The Arrival:

Great as a gift and to keep as a collectable

 
4.0

Beautifully drawn book.

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from Queanbeyan, NSW

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  • Beautiful Illustrations
  • Easy To Understand

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    Comments about The Arrival:

    Beautiful, evocative

     
    5.0

    inspiring

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    from nsw

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        Comments about The Arrival:

        a most beautiful book, a story in images - of being uprooted, moving to another place, another culture, the feelings of leaving one's home behind to make a new home in a new place, effectively displayed in the most evocative sepia images. adults and children both can relate to this beautiful book.

         
        5.0

        Dark, brooding but hopeful

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        from Melbourne AU

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        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Understand
        • Informative
        • Inspirational
        • Relevant

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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.

           
          4.0

          Beautiful, heartfelt illustrations

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          from Brisbane

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          • Well Written

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              Comments about The Arrival:

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

               
              5.0

              A mesmerizing journey for young and old

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              from Gold Coast

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              • Engaging
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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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                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Informative
                  • Inspirational
                  • Relevant

                  Cons

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                    • Gift

                    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 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 as an 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. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for animated films including Pixar's WALL-E, and directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing with Passion Pictures Australia. In 2011 he received the presitgious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children's literature.

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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