08 March 2011

Review and Giveaway: Lost & Found by Shaun Tan

Welcome to my celebration of Shaun Tan's Lost & Found, a special collection of three of his illustrated books: The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and The Rabbits. Although this single volume has been available in Australia, it is only now being released in the United States.

And the timing couldn't be better, considering that Tan recently won the Oscar for his animated film of The Lost Thing.

Let me run you through the contents of this wonderful book and direct you to my reviews of two of the stories. Then I'll tell you about the story I haven't yet reviewed. Oh and I have illustrations, videos, and of course the giveaway!

The first thing you notice about any Shaun Tan book are the illustrations. He uses vivid colors and includes many fascinating details. Every time you look at one of his paintings, you find something new. The image to the right is from The Rabbits (click to enlarge), and the text reads: "They made their own houses. We couldn't understand the way they talked."

I reviewed The Rabbits in 2009. For this book, Tan collaborated with John Marsden (Australian author of the very popular Tomorrow series). Marsden wrote the text, but Tan brought it to life with his illustrations. The book examines the effects of European colonization and the introduction of modern technology on non-Western lands. My review contains some additional images from the book.

Last fall I reviewed The Lost Thing, which explores what happens when a young man opens his eyes and his life to a lost creature. We are often so caught up with the minutiae of our lives that we stop paying attention to what's right there in front of us. The illustration to the left (click to enlarge), shows this clearly. The text reads: "My parents didn't really notice it at first. Too busy discussing current events, I guess." The film from this story won the Oscar.

The tale that was new to me is The Red Tree, which is about a young girl who is feeling displaced and uncomfortable with herself. She thinks that no one understands her, and she doesn't know where she belongs. But if she can patiently wait out the gloom, chances are she'll find a bright red tree growing just for her.

To the right is an illustration from The Red Tree (click to enlarge). The words that go with this image are "nobody understands."

To top off this special collection, Tan included some new illustrations and a personal note in which he discusses the three stories. There is also a note from John Marsden.

Last spring, I was lucky enough to have welcomed Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader to Beth Fish Reads. Her guest post is all about Shaun Tan and contains two videos of his work, including one about The Red Tree. Be sure to revisit that post.

Although I included the film trailer in my review of The Lost Thing, I've reposted it here for your enjoyment. I can't tell you how loud I squealed when Tan won the Oscar for this animated rendition of his book.

And for the giveaway. I am happy to announce that I can offer two--yes, you read that correctly!--two of my readers a copy of Shaun Tan's collection Lost & Found. This is a chance to get three of Tan's books in one hardcover, oversize volume. The dust jacket is embossed, and the paper is heavy and smooth. It's a beautifully produced book from one of my favorite artist/authors. I guarantee that you will love his work.

Here are the details: Because this book has been available in other countries and has just been released here in the United States, the giveaway is for U.S. mailing addresses only. All you have to do to enter is to fill out the form. I'll pick two winners via a random number generator on the morning of March 15. (All personal data will be deleted once a winner is chosen).

To learn more about Shaun Tan and to see his amazing artwork, be sure to visit his website. In the following video Tan talks about his stories and the making of The Lost Thing. The video was recorded before the Oscar award ceremony. (The volume is rather low.)

Good luck! And thanks so much to Scholastic for giving me the opportunity to host this giveaway.

Published by Scholastic 2011
ISBN-13: 9780545229241
YTD: 26
Source: Review (see review policy)
Rating: A
Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)


Dorte H 3/8/11, 7:16 AM  

Gorgeous illustrations!

Good luck to those who can join the competition.

Julie P. 3/8/11, 7:36 AM  

I have heard such amazing things about these books! Dying to see one for myself!

bermudaonion 3/8/11, 7:48 AM  

I loved this book too! Tan's illustrations are nothing short of amazing.

Sandy Nawrot 3/8/11, 7:55 AM  

I remember that trailer. He is an amazing artist. I just went to the library's website and ordered two of his books, but they didn't have this one. *crossing fingers and toes*

Jen Forbus 3/8/11, 8:20 AM  

Very beautiful. There is so much to be said for great illustrations and art.

Beth Kephart 3/8/11, 9:49 AM  

brilliant. am going to buy these for my husband, who is an artist.

Martha@Hey, I want to read that 3/8/11, 10:09 AM  

I just read Kathy's review too. This sounds like a wonderful book. It looks beautiful.

Beth Hoffman 3/8/11, 10:59 AM  

Wow ... what incredible talent! Those illustrations are amazing. Loved the trailer too.

Madeline Mora-Summonte 3/8/11, 11:08 AM  

Wow! This looks amazing. I hope I win! :)

Andi 3/8/11, 11:30 AM  

I just entered Kathy's drawing at Bermudaonion, and I'm SO FRACKIN' EXCITED to see your giveaway, too. I adooooore, worship, bow at the feet of Shaun Tan. I was telling Kathy, I stood up in my living room and screamed when he won the Oscar! yay!

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 3/8/11, 2:03 PM  

These sound delightful. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Pop Culture Nerd 3/8/11, 3:05 PM  

When I saw him win the Oscar, I thought he was so gracious and decided I'd look into his work. It's serendipitous that you're offering this giveaway. Thank you.

Taffy 3/8/11, 4:31 PM  

Thanks for the giveaway!

Elisabeth,  3/8/11, 5:03 PM  

I have been a fan of Shaun Tan for a while now, and like you so happy he won the Oscar. Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda Austin 3/8/11, 5:15 PM  

I love Shaun Tan and glad he got some publicity at the Oscars. Red Tree is stunning, such beauty and thoughtfulness in simplicity.

Michelle 3/8/11, 7:34 PM  

Another gorgeous Shaun Tan. I'm going to have to pick up a copy to sit on my coffee table with The Arrival.

chrisa511 3/9/11, 2:06 AM  

I rarely ever enter giveaways but had to enter this one :p I love Shaun Tan so much!! I've read all three of these and own The Red Tree and The Lost Thing, but this volume just looks incredible!! Glad you enjoy him as much as I do! Have you read The Arrival? OMG so good!

Melissa (Avid Reader) 3/9/11, 4:35 PM  

Oh my gosh, so excited about this giveaway. I read The Arrival about a month ago and just loved it. I've been wanting to get my hands on The Lost Things ever since.

Unknown 3/9/11, 5:33 PM  

I love Shaun Tan's work :)

I own The Red Tree and it is a fantastic 'read'. Really powerful.

Athira 3/11/11, 8:02 PM  

I was so excited when Shaun Tan won an Oscar! I can't wait to read this book!

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