Have you heard of Shaun Tan or read any of his works?
I know his name is pretty big in Australia, so when I went on my fabulous vacation, I gave 'The Lost Thing' a try. (It took me quite a while to decide to get his book because, well, his titles are expensive. More expensive than the other picture books. What the heck, I took the risk.)
And hey ...
It reads like a foreign animation.
A boy went around a cold, futuristic metropolis looking to add to his bottle cap collection. He discovered a huge red metal creature, who appeared to be lost. The boy took it home then tried to find out where it belonged.
I'm in calm awe of his artwork and that quiet tone of the curious story. There are so many details to discover in the collages and paintings.
Did the story blow my mind?
No, not really (though it is a good story). It didn't sweep me off my feet. It didn't change my life. It didn't make me rethink my life. It did better. It made me tune out the clamour and focus on observing the story while I was reading it.
Would I read it again?
Definitely. Details, details everywhere.
Would I recommend it to children?
Maybe not to the young ones.
How would I describe it?
Not cute, but imaginative ~ like a cauldron of curiosities. Not filled with exciting wonder, but filled with exciting honesty. Unconventional and a little strange.
Would I seek out Shaun Tan's other works?
You bet. Can't wait to find out what else roams in his quizzical world, what other lost things I'd find.
In fact, I hear these are pretty big, too:
Have you read these? Do you like them?
Here's a link to Shaun Tan's books: http://www.shauntan.net/books.html
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