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The Red Tree - Shaun Tan

Paperback

Published: 1st October 2010
For Ages: 11 - 12 years old
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A small child awakes to find blackened leaves falling from her bedroom ceiling, threatening to quietly overwhelm her. 'Sometimes you wake up with nothing to look forward to...' As she wanders around a world that is complex, puzzling and alienating, she is overtaken by a myriad of feelings. Just as it seems all hope is lost, the girl returns to her bedroom to find that a tiny red seedling has grown to fill the room with warm light.

Astonishing Perth artist, Shaun Tan's latest creation, The Red Tree, is a book about feelings - feelings that can not always be simply expressed in words. It is a series of imaginary landscapes conjured up by the wizardry of Shaun Tan's masterful and miraculous art. As a kind of fable, The Red Tree seeks to remind us that, though some bad feelings are inevitable, they are always tempered by hope.

About The Author

Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of The Lost Thing and The Red Tree, both of which have won international awards such as the Honourable Mention in the BolognaRagazzi Prices, were CBCA Honour Books and have been widely translated. Previous books Shaun has illustrated include The Rabbits by John Marsden (CBCA Picture Book of the Year) and with Gary Crew, Memorial (A CBCA Honour Book) and The Viewer (winner of the Crichton Award for illustration). In 2001 Shaun received the 'World Fantasy Best Artist Award' for his body of work.

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5.0

Gave me goose-bumps!

By Ms B

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings

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    • Gift
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about The Red Tree:

    Shaun Tan's creative genius strikes again. The story is poignant and magically illustrated.

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    5.0

    A great book

    By VD

    from Sydney

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    • Easy To Understand
    • Inspirational
    • Well Written

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        A great read for adults, although it is a children's book, as an adult I wouldn't recommend it to kids as it is a book about depression.

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        This scrumptiously illustrated children's picture book will brighten you up. -- Venue 20110501 Powerfully metaphoric. -- Books For Keeps 20110501 An absolutely stunning and powerful book for upper KS2. -- Carol Satterthwaite (i-writing) 20110101

        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.

        To read Shaun’s revealing answers to the Booktopia Book Guru’s TEN TERRIFYING QUESTIONS…and to leave a comment - CLICK HERE

        Visit Shaun Tan's Booktopia Author Page


        ISBN: 9780734411372
        ISBN-10: 0734411375
        Audience: Children
        For Ages: 11 - 12 years old
        For Grades: 7
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 32
        Published: 1st October 2010
        Dimensions (cm): 31.0 x 23.8  x 1.4
        Weight (kg): 0.25