Lost and Found

Lost and Found

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 author's notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545229241
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 528,693
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Shaun Tan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Tales from the Inner City, Rules of Summer, and The Singing Bones. He received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2011 and won an Academy Award for the adaptation of his picture book The Lost Thing (from Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan). Shaun lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Lost and Found 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The publishers of this book would like you to believe that this is a picture book for children. I'm not sure it's that easily pegged. Like the very best picture books with stories and art that stay with you forever, this book is sad and whimsical in equal measures. The illustrations are gorgeous. The stories are simple, yet profound. The combination is a reading experience I won't soon forget. Much like And the Pursuit of Happiness by Myra Kalman this slim little book has a big impact with its visuals and with its sadness, hope, and whimsy. Great for kids and their parents everywhere and for anyone who loves graphic novels and doesn't care that they might be disguised as kids' books.
wsquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book collects three beautiful and enthralling Shaun Tan stories into one gorgeous volume about things lost and things found. The Red Tree is a picture-heavy, text-light tale about a girl looking for a bright spot in a dark world. In The Lost Thing, a story that would easily fit into Tan's Tales of Outer Suburbia, a boy brings home a lost, robot-like creature. The final entry, The Rabbits written by John Marsden, is a haunting look at a people whose land is overtaken by outsiders, an allegory for the European invasions of Australia and America. All three are visually and literarilly engaging, asking more of the reader than a cursory glance.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tan's books are always so complex that I always feel like I can't even comment on them until I've read them at least a dozen times! Each reading reveals items that I hadn't detected previously, which then alter my thinking... This is three short stories combined, but which deal with the themes of alienation and being lost or surrounded and still lonely. Lovely commentary by the author at the end of the book helped to confirm what I thought the book was about! Have donated my copy of the book to my school library.
Jenners26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all, I'm not exactly sure how to go about classifying this book. It isn't a graphic novel as it contains three short illustrated stories/fables. It isn't a picture book (in the traditional sense) for young children. I suppose that it is a graphic picture book meant for older children and adults. It is one of those books that you need to see to fully understand, which is why you should look through the book to get a feel for its art and tone.Perhaps the best way to review the book is to talk about the three different stories.THE RED TREE is the first story in the book and was probably my favorite. I'd describe it as "a depressed person's version of Dr. Suess's Oh The Places You'll Go." The story starts with a little red-haired girl who wakes up to these lines: "sometimes the day begins with nothing to look forward to." Like the more upbeat Dr. Suess book, the girl ventures forth into the world, which is populated by fantastical and oftentimes dark images and words that do little to lift your spirits ("the world is a deaf machine/without sense or reason"). Like the Dr. Suess book, she even comes to a waiting place. I was glad that the story ends with a sense of hope, as I was quite worried about where Tan was going to take this things. Still, some of the images lingered with me afterward, and I found myself returning to it for another look.THE LOST THING is a bit more fanciful. A young boy (who reminded me of a Gary Larson cartoon) finds a lost thing that defies classification--it kind of looks like a big red teapot with legs. The boy decides to help the lost thing find its place in the world after realizing he cannot keep it at home. After traveling around the city, the boy and the lost thing eventually find what they are looking for and part ways--with the boy ending up losing quite a bit more than he anticipated in the process. The end of the story reminded me somewhat of The Little Prince (when you become a grown-up and stop seeing a boa constrictor inside of an elephant and instead start seeing a hat). The illustrations were more complex in this story--with the drawings placed on top of text and engineering diagrams. I kept looking for hidden meanings and "clues" in the backgrounds of the picture--as well as in the repeated images of smoke clouds that I were sure meant something if I could only figure it out.THE RABBITS is a story written by John Marsden. Departing a bit in tone (due to the story being written by another writer) and look (I thought Tan's art was strikingly different in this story with the use of brighter colors), The Rabbits tells the oft-told story of white people invading a land and displacing the native people, except Marsden and Tan substitute rabbits for humans (although Tan's illustrations of the rabbits make it clear what they represent). As you might expect, the rabbits destroy the land, the native animals and pollute everything in sight. The story isn't subtle and even younger children will probably be able to make the leap that the "rabbits" represent "humans."In the end, I'm not quite sure what to make of this book or who would be the target audience. I suppose that the book might appeal to older children who have an artistic streak and a conscience. In addition, the book might appeal to adults who are interested in Shaun Tan's art or who want to impart some deeper messages to their children. In the end, I didn't fall in love with this book, but I do see its merits. However, I confess to feeling like I was missing something (nuances? deeper meanings?) in the illustrations. Like all complicated picture books, this one probably deserves a slow, lingering read and several revisits. For me personally, I just didn't gravitate to Tan's style, which was more muted and depressive than I prefer. However, I'm sure this book has an appeal to fans of Tan's work and readers who like their "picture" books with more gravitas to them.
LauraEHerndon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The three stories contained in this book share a common theme - our disconnection from our environment and each other. Imaginative art collages echo the theme through a combination of ominously rendered everyday images juxtaposed with fanciful creations that hint of the magical things that we just don't seem to notice due to our own preoccupations. The evocative and complex illustrations perfectly back up the sparingly used text and make for a quiet journey of rediscovering the little moments of wonder that are so easily misplaced. Highly recommended for imaginative children and adults that want to find their way back to that sense of wonderment.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Previously I have read The Arrival by Shaun Tan I was amazed by both the artwork and the depth of the story in that book. So when I was offered Lost and Found through the Amazon Vine program I was super excited to read it. This is a fantastic book; it appeals to both kids and adults, contains stories accessable on many levels, and has just absolutely enchanting artwork.This book consists of three stories. The first is The Red Tree which tells the story of a young girl dealing with troubles only to find hope at the end of her trials. The second is The Lost Thing which tells of a boy who finds a Lost Thing on the beach and tries to find a place where it belongs. The third is written by John Marsden and is called The Rabbits. This is a story about white rabbits who take over a world and eventually destroy it.All of the stories have the story itself and then a deeper meaning as well. My son who is four years old enjoyed The Lost Thing the most; he was fascinated with the strangeness of the Lost Thing and was interested in the idea of finding strange things that don't belong in the world. This story will also touch a chord with adults as it addresses the idea that as you get older you see less of wonder and strangeness in the world. My favorite was the Red Tree; I loved the complex art work in this one and the depth of the story despite it being very sparse on words.The artwork is fantastic. Again the Lost Thing has the type of artwork that I most associate with Shaun Tan; pictures of strange fantastical beings that are part fantasy, part machine, and part sci-fi. I love Shaun Tan's art; you can look at these pictures for a long amount of time and continually see new things...they are complex and fascinating. There is definitely a bit of steampunk theme throughout; the stories are a bit darker and feature beings made of both monstrous and mechanical parts meshed together.Overall this is just and absolutely stellar book. I really enjoyed it and my son did as well. Wonderful stories that are accessible at different levels and mean different things to children and adults, complex and fantastical artwork, this was just a super interesting book. I can't wait to see what Tan comes up with next.
shswang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5Q5PI paid more attention of "The Rabbits," as I had read The Red Tree and The Lost Thing prior to this.Tan's unique graphic style starkly portrays The Rabbits as a metaphor for colonialism / imperialism, and how the original inhabitants' lives are impacted.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three beautifully told stories, all related to alienation and a struggle to find meaning, and all demonstrating Shaun Tan's brilliance as a writer and illustrator. His stories and pictures are both audacious and subtle. Lost and Found introduced me to Shaun Tan and made me a fan for life.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The three stories in this book were originally published as separate titles in Australia between 1998 and 2001, and although they are very different¿this being a very experimental period for me as a young artist and writer¿they do share common themes and preoccupations. Each story could be said to be about the relationship between people and places, especially when that relationship is ruptured by physical displacement, and emotional disconnection, or an otherwise troubled sense of identity; a country invaded by aggressive strangers [The Rabbits], a homeless creature [The Lost Thing], and a girl adrift in the world of her own dark emotions [The Red Tree]. They are each in their own way tales of loss and recovery, and a question about belonging in the absence of any direct language¿where central characters hardly speak¿as though some things are too strange, personal, or confronting for words." ¿Shaun TanThree different illustration styles a featured which all have a very lush quality, incredible attention to detail, and rare artistic sensibility in common. Indeed, some images are arresting because of their lyricism and beauty, sometimes for the incredible amount of information they contain, and sometimes because of their simplicity and sheer impact, or a combination of all the above. Every page is a pleasure to behold.
TiffanyHickox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This stories and illustrations are stunning, and the underlying themes make it an enjoyable read for all ages.
RandyStafford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shaun Tan's name has been rattling around in my brain since seeing an excerpt of his illustrations for The Arrival in Spectrum 6: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, and it's been become more prominent after hearing he just won an Oscar for his short animated film _The Lost Thing_. I don't normally read children's books, but I figured I'd take a look at this. And, if I didn't like it, I could always give the book to the Nephews after I was done.I was pleasantly surprised to see this omnibus volume has the complete _The Arrival_. While I doubt the world needs another tale of anti-colonial guilt, at least this one was stylishly illustrated with its almost unrecognizable imperial rabbits wrecking havoc on the animals and land of Australia. The illustrations are often two page spreads with a predominant color: gold and white for the rabbits in their odd steam powered carts and Horatio Nelson style garb, reddish browns and blues for the unfortunate creatures of the billabongs. It's story, written by John Marsden (the only one here not written by Tan), is one of ineluctable doom._The Red Tree_ is a simple, emotional poem of life grinding a young girl down in a world that is a "deaf machine". There are striking, strange two page spreads of "inevitable tragedies" and"troubles". Surrealistic and evocative, I can see myself returning to its illustrations more than the other titles.As a story, though, my favorite piece is _The Lost Thing_. Tan's Oscar winning film evidently adapted it. It has the most text, "a tale for those who have more important things to pay attention to". A boy finds a strange amalgam of machine and animal and seeks to return it to where it belongs. We journey through a world of humorous ads, evocative background collages from engineering texts, industrial size plumbing, and people lost themselves in the mechanistic routines of life.Nope, the Nephews aren't getting this copy. But I can see myself giving this book of wonders to them in a nice hardcover edition.
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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