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Lost and Found

Lost and Found

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by Shaun Tan

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A girl finds a bright spot in a dark world. A boy leads a strange, lost creature home. And a group of peaceful creatures loses their home to cruel invaders. Three stories, written and illustrated by Shaun Tan, about how we lose and find what matters most to us.

Never widely available in the U.S., these tales are presented in their entirety with new artwork and


A girl finds a bright spot in a dark world. A boy leads a strange, lost creature home. And a group of peaceful creatures loses their home to cruel invaders. Three stories, written and illustrated by Shaun Tan, about how we lose and find what matters most to us.

Never widely available in the U.S., these tales are presented in their entirety with new artwork and author's notes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There isn't really a bad time to win an Academy Award, but Shaun Tan's timing is impeccable. His animated short film, The Lost Thing, picked up an Oscar just as the book upon which it was based returns to print in this collection. The three stories within—The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and The Rabbits—were previously published (separately) in Australia and made available in the U.S. by Simply Read Books (PW gave starred reviews to all three stories). This compilation also incorporates new background and notes on each from Tan (and, for The Rabbits, from John Marsden, the author of that story). With glowing critical receptions for The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia, Tan's career had already been ascendant before his Oscar night success, and this offering should only further raise his profile. All ages. (Mar.)
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Praise for Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan

* "These stories representing the visionary work of a master storyteller, illustrator, and designer who cares deeply about his message deserve a place in almost every collection." -- Booklist, starred review

"Shaun Tan rocks my retinas... The book is gorgeously designed, the stories are evocative and mysterious, and every page of Tan's paintings -- I can't bring myself to call them mere illustrations -- commands long moments of study." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Praise for The Arrival

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book
An ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens
A Publishers Weekly Best Book

"Mesmerizing... Such visual eloquence can only motivate readers to seek out any future graphic novels from Shaun Tan, regardless of where they might be shelved." -- New York Times Book Review

"Astonishing." -- The Washington Post

* "A silent, fantastical masterpiece... Filled with both subtlety and grandeur, the book is a unique work that not only fulfills but also expands the potential of its form." -- Booklist, starred review

* "An unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Few will remain unaffected by this timeless stunner." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for Tales from Outer Suburbia

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book

"You almost can't stop yourself from saying 'Wow...' Tan's work overflows with human warmth and childlike wonder." -- New York Times Book Review

"Tales from Outer Suburbia is not quite like anything else, and that's perhaps the best thing of all about it, opening up reading as a sort of strong, wild and individual activity." -- Chicago Tribune

* "The thoughtful and engaged reader will take from these stories an experience as deep and profound as with anything he has ever read." -- Booklist, starred review

* "Graphic-novel and text enthusiasts alike will be drawn to this breathtaking combination of words and images." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Three of Tan's enigmatic, surreal tales are collected here for the first time. In the tersely told "The Red Tree," a young girl begins a day "with nothing to look forward to." Her depression deepens as "things go from bad to worse." She doesn't know what to do, where to go, or even who she is. Suddenly amid the gloom is the brightness of the red tree. The text of "The Lost Thing" is much more extensive. In it the narrator discovers a very large, odd-looking thing that is friendly but lost. He takes it home, unable to find its owner. A strange card with an arrow leads him to a place to leave it, but he is never comfortable about it. In "The Rabbits," with text by John Marsden, the narrator reports the arrival of creatures looking "a bit like us." The terse text details the tragedy that follows, which can be a fable about Australian history. The appeal of Tan's work lies to a great degree in the details of his mixed media images. He fills the large double pages with complex architecture or more obscure darkness broken by postage stamp-size drawings or 77 bottle caps with obscure markings, with bits of calligraphy placed in odd positions, and with both human and surreal characters. The end pages have scattered drawings and symbols to set the stage. Extensive notes by both Tan and Marsden help explain the stories, the theme of which Tan states as "loss and recovery." Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—Three previously published stories collected into one volume, all illustrated by the amazing Tan. "The Red Tree" follows a solitary girl through a single, not very good day, exploring her feelings as they shift from disappointment and confusion to alienation and despair. The spare, lyrical text provides an anchor for Tan's large, moody, beautiful paintings. "The Lost Thing" is a more upbeat tale of a boy who discovers an unusual object and then must decide what to do with it. Freedom and imagination are the themes in this story, and here the art includes fascinating and sometimes humorous bits of technical drawings. The prose of John Marsden's "The Rabbits," an allegory about imperialism, is so simple and melodic that it verges on poetry. The artist emphasizes the invasive foreignness of the rabbits by dressing them in baroque uniforms, drawing mystifying, gigantic machines and buildings for them to build and deploy in their inexorable drive to dominate. It's like The War of the Worlds enacted by terrestrial mammals. The largeness of the landscapes and the scarcity of text in these stories give readers' own imaginations room to stretch—they are undeniably strange, emotionally diverse, and unsettling. Certain kids will return to this book again and again.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.80(d)
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel The Arrival, and also Tales from Outer Suburbia, a collection of illustrated short stories. Both books were named to the New York Times list of Best Illustrated Children's Books. He won an Oscar for his short film "The Lost Thing" based on a story in the book Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan, and he is also the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award of his contribution to children's literature. Shaun Tan lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Lost and Found 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter enjoyed the book. She read it a couple of times already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking for the picture book that inspired the animated short "The Lost Thing," and it is included in this collection of three stories. The first two stories are both written and illustrated by Shaun Tan, and the third is written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan. Each of the stories is beautifully written and illustrated, in addition to introducing complex subject matter in an age appropriate manner. In particular, "The Rabbits," which deals with the subjugation of the Aboriginal people of Australia, does so in such a way that there will be questions, but it wouldn't terrorize a child. Overall, I would recommend this both to people buying picture books for children and people interested in the artwork and stories of the book as it is well worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely piece of visual and thinking art, with images full of little details to stir the imagination. Tan is a truly clever storyteller, and this makes a wonderful companion volume to "The Arrival."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Shaun Tan. Lost and Found is a brilliant collection of stories- heartbreaking, beautiful, and insightful. Additionally, the illustration of each story shows the careful planning and attention to detail that characterizes Tan's work, while at the same time being unique to the specific tale. I am so glad I was finally able to buy this!
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