11 October 2010

Review: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan is one of my favorite artist/authors of graphic novels, and his The Lost Thing did not disappoint me. The story itself is about the lost things and creatures all around us that we don't notice because we are so involved in our own worlds. What happens when someone actually takes the time to know and help a lost thing?

As is Tan's style, each image in the book is rich with color and detail. a bit of smoke here, a pipe there, a little creature in the corner, and graffiti on the wall. Both the story and the images can be read on different levels, making the book appeal to a wide range of readers.

For more on Tan, be sure to go back and read the fabulous guest post that Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader wrote for me last May. Here is a short video I found based on The Lost Thing that demonstrates Tan's artistry. You can also visit Tan's website for a closer look at some illustrations from the book.

The Lost Thing at Powell's
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Published by Hachette Austrailia, 2000
ISBN-13: 9789867399076
YTD: 89
Source: Bought (see review policy)
Rating: B+
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Literary Feline 10/11/10, 7:11 AM  

This does sound good! Now I want to go find lost things around the house . . .

Belle 10/11/10, 2:19 PM  

I read Tales from Outer Suburbia and loved it - I'm definitely adding Lost Thing to my tbr.

Sandy Nawrot 10/11/10, 2:25 PM  

My sister, who is an artist, recommended I check out his work. I'm going to use your post, which has really sparked my curiosity, as the catalyst to see if my library has any of it on hand. I just love graphic novels. They make my brain explode.

Michelle 10/12/10, 6:17 AM  

I love his work as well. I'm going to have to pick this one up to read.

Marg 10/12/10, 7:31 AM  

Isn't Shaun Tan just amazing!

Alice 10/12/10, 7:40 PM  

I lost a portraits photography magazine that I bought at Borders but didn't realize until I was looking for it last week. I'm sure it had called out to me but I wasn't listening... I have to keep this graphic novel in mind. Thanks for the review!

S. Krishna 10/13/10, 9:17 AM  

I need to read more graphic novels - I'll have to pick this one up!

Unknown 10/13/10, 2:38 PM  

I love Shaun Tan's art! Definitely want to read this one. :D

bermudaonion 10/13/10, 8:18 PM  

I love Shaun Tan too! I'll have to look for this one.

Athira 10/17/10, 1:02 AM  

I loved Shaun Tan's The Arrival, so I will have to add this one!

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