Tales from the Inner City

Tales from the Inner City

by Shaun Tan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338298406
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 81,921
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 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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Tales from the Inner City is a collection of incredibly original stories, rich with feeling, strangely moving, almost numinous. And when the reader comes to the artwork, it’s like walking into an amazing room, and then throwing open a curtain to see a brilliant scene that makes you understand and appreciate everything you’ve encountered in a deeper way.

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Tales from the Inner City 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cloggiedownunder 4 months ago
“Where money gathers, so do pigeons. They flock to great financial centers like so many accountants in smart grey waistcoats and glittering collars, bright-eyed, strutting, nodding, darting purposefully between the fiscal-black heels of merchant bankers, bartering every walking minute for a tidy profit.” Tales from the Inner City is a picture book for adults by award-winning Australian illustrator and author, Shaun Tan. What a wonderful book! Shaun Tan is so talented. There are twenty-five tales, the beginning of each denoted by the black silhouette of a creature: perhaps an animal, bird, fish or insect. This is followed by text, sometimes as prose, sometimes as verse. Some stories are very short, others up to thirty-six pages long. Mostly at the end, but sometimes throughout the story, colour illustrations depict some part of the tale. Those illustrations, wow! They are exquisite, evocative, luminous. The stories that accompany them vary: some are very sad; some are delightfully funny; some are sweet; some are portentous; some are insightful; and some perfectly illustrate the human race’s blindness to what is. Most are wise and some are clever, and Tan’s prose is often just as evocative as his art: “How much do I love our family? This much. When nothing turns out to be what we hoped, we still hope it turns out to be something. We are never the ones to say that life is disappointing. We are always too busy doing stuff., even if we have no idea why.” All this elegance on quality glossy paper contained within a superb hardcover binding. The cover story (Moonfish) is likely to be a favourite, both for the story and the illustration, but the frogs, the dog, the owl, the cat, the bears and the butterflies are exceptional among a book full of tales bound to appeal to many readers. What will this brilliant man come up with next? An utterly beautiful book!
YoungMensanBookParade 26 days ago
This compilation of short stories and poems features a dream-like city in which people and animals live together, although not always peacefully. Sometimes they argue and fight, or even sue each other. They live in a society that is neither futuristic nor in the past or present, but is instead an alternate universe full of creatures both real and of the author’s imagination. The stories range from catching fish in the sky to bears suing humans on charges of murder and genocide, and fish that turn into people and start their own society. I thought that this book was extremely unique and interesting, and appealed to me even though I am not usually a fan of poems and short stories. The many illustrations accompanying the stories and poems add another dimension, bringing the scenes to life by providing the reader with the author’s vision of his fictional characters and surreal situations. There is some minor swearing that some might be wary of, but it is not too extreme. I think someone middle school age and above would appreciate the literature and art while being able to handle the language. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys poetry and art, but also to those who might not typically enjoy poetry but like highly imaginative fiction. Review by Alex F., age 16, Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa
Sandy5 4 months ago
The cover of this novel is what drew me in but as I thumbed my initial way through this novel, it was the illustrations and the short stories that made me pick this book. I liked the way the author connected us humans with animals and although sometimes, as I read the stories, my imagination was stretched, I felt like a child again. As I read, I was free from reality: I could see the bands of ponies navigating the street, I saw the woman giving hope to the frogs as she placed them in her purse and I saw the multitude of sharks sparkling on the street for which the end would never come. The passages range from a few paragraphs to around 5 pages but they all were different in nature. I found that reading them once was not enough for me. Each time that I read them, I felt like I understood something else in the passage. I really enjoyed the symbolism and the word choice that was in each piece. The enjoyed looking at the illustrations as I felt that they provided enough detail to get the gist of the piece while allowing the reader to fill in their own particulars. Tan’s view on life and how he used the elements of humans and animals was interesting and enlightening. Inventive and clever, Tan presented this information in a fun and enjoyable novel that I really enjoyed. I feel that this novel addressed some deeper issues that some YA readers might not fully understand. They’ll still enjoy the novel but I think this novel is also for readers beyond the YA crowd, so don’t look at the YA label and walk away, it addresses issues beyond YA readers. There is a depth to this book. This is my first novel by Shaun Tan but I feel that I need to look further into other novels that Tan has created.
WhisperingStories 6 months ago
Tales from the Inner City is a strange, yet an eye-opening book about co-existing with animals and what they can teach us about ourselves. It is a book for older children, teenagers, and even adults. With twenty-five stories about animals, mixed in with poems and some gorgeous artwork, this book has something for everyone. Most of the stories are quite dark and yet very intelligently written. Shaun Tan has used his stories about animals to reflect the actions, mannerisms, and emotions of us humans. By understanding the essence of the stories you can take a lot of information away about human behaviour and yourself too. It is kind of like a weird self-help book if you look deeper at the stories, or you can just enjoy them and not look for any hidden meanings, the choice is yours. This is a book to be treasured and delve into now and again. It would make a great coffee table book, one to get people talking. It may even help those going through a change in their lives – especially teenagers to understand the world around them.