A moving and inspiring story about how we remember the past from two of Australia's most acclaimed picture book creators, Gary Crew and Shaun Tan. This CBCA Award-winning bestseller is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.
When the soldiers return from the Great War in 1918, a memorial tree is planted . . . 'Lest We Forget'. But generations later, what do those who pause in the shadows of the tree's immense branches remember?
Years on, the tree has grown to be huge and unruly, dislodging the statue next to it and creating a traffic hazard in what is now a much larger, busier town. A decision is made by a local council to cut the tree down . . .
Memorial serves as a reminder of the lessons to be gained from the past and examine the significance of Anzac Day, conservation, respect and remembrance.
The beautiful and poignant CBCA Honour Book Memorial is now part of Lothian Australian Favourites, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.
About the Author
Gary Crew is well known for his rich, multi-layered and intensely suspenseful bestselling novels for young adults. Four times the winner of the CBC Book of the Year Award, as well as other numerous awards, Gary was a high school English teacher for eighteen years, before turning to university lecturing and full-time writing. He lives in Queensland.
Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and graduated from the University of Western Australia with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature. He 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. His works include The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival. All have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and are enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer and a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E and in 2011, he shared an Academy Award for his work on the animated short film based on his book, The Lost Thing. In that same year, he won the Dromkeen Medal for services to children's literature and the Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award.
visually fascinating - NEW YORK TIMES on RULES OF SUMMER
an amazing picture book for all ages - THE GUARDIAN on RULES OF SUMMER
this stunningly original work defies easy categorization as it spins dual story lines into one spellbinding yarn ... Crew tantalizes to the very end, leaving readers to speculate enthusiastically on the riddles he craftily leaves unsolved. His tale will electrify his audience. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on STRANGE OBJECTS
STRANGE OBJECTS will continue to tease and perplex readers of all ages long after it has been read. - AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW on STRANGE OBJECTS
Series: Lothian Australian Favou
For Ages: 7 - 10 years old
Published: 26th July 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 23.0
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1