Friday, June 10, 2011

Review: Lost & Found - Shaun Tan

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 5 stars
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Shaun Tan's illustrations are just so perfectly weird.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Page Count: 128 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Within these pages you will find three stories. Some might make you sad, some might make you feel great. All are beautifully illustrated with sparse words that capture intense emotions. Allow yourself to be swept into very different worlds for a few moments. The front flap tells, in brief what each story is about.
"A girl finds a bright spot 
in a dark world.

A boy leads a strange, 
lost creature home.

And a group of peaceful 
creatures cedes their home to hostile invaders."

I really love Shaun Tan's art. It is weird and wonderful. His images convey such emotion, that you hardly even need a narration to go along with the story the pictures tell. The first story started off super depressing, but there is always a bright spot in the darkness. I love how he kept taking the story deeper down into dark depths and then lit a beacon of light that cuts through. In the second tale a boy finds an odd creature that is simply lost. No one lost it, it simply has always been lost. I loved seeing the interactions between the boy and the Lost Thing. The last story made me think of all the devestation the United States has created time and again. Much like the rabbits we came to this country and destroyed everything that the Natives held deal. We ate up land and spit out filth. This still happens again and again throughout the world, and it is a sad sight. This is a book you should buy, to always have around your house. To lend to friends and keep on your coffee table. It is a book filled to the brim with inspiration.

First Line:
"sometimes the day begins
with nothing to look forward to"

Favorite Line:
"terrible fates are inevitable"


  1. Well, this looks like a fun a little book to read! Thanks so much, for sharing! :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung
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  2. I've never heard of this book before, but it looks astounding. Just added it to my wishlist and I'll have to check my library for it. Great review!

  3. the art is really something/


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