Lost & Found

Shaun Tan‘s Lost & Found is a collection of three stories of varied quality but stunning illustrations; the title story in particular is expertly conceived both in terms of the dazzling multimedia, collage-like illustrations and the storyline of a lost, friendless machine. So good, indeed, is this story that the animated version won an Academy Award, propelled by Tan’s excellent artistry. Publisher’s Weekly: “There isn’t really a bad time to win an Academy Award, but Shaun Tan’s timing is impeccable. His animated short film, The Lost Thing, picked up an Oscar just as the book upon which it was based returns to print in this collection. The three stories within—”The Red Tree,” “The Lost Thing,” and “The Rabbits”—were previously published (separately) in Australia . . . This compilation also incorporates new background and notes on each from Tan (and, for “The Rabbits,” from John Marsden, the author of that story). With glowing critical receptions for The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia, Tan’s career had already been ascendant before his Oscar night success, and this offering should only further raise his profile.” Giggle factor: not applicable; has a “wow” factor instead. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: five jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on July 5, 2011.

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