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Lost and Found: Three by Shaun Tan (Lost and Found Omnibus) Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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"It's one of those rare books that speak on different levels to readers ages 9 to 90." -The Boston Globe
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This book consists of three stories. The first is The Red Tree which tells the story of a young girl dealing with troubles only to find hope at the end of her trials. The second is The Lost Thing which tells of a boy who finds a Lost Thing on the beach and tries to find a place where it belongs. The third is written by John Marsden and is called The Rabbits. This is a story about white rabbits who take over a world and eventually destroy it.
All of the stories have the story itself and then a deeper meaning as well. My son who is four years old enjoyed The Lost Thing the most; he was fascinated with the strangeness of the Lost Thing and was interested in the idea of finding strange things that don't belong in the world. This story will also touch a chord with adults as it addresses the idea that as you get older you see less of wonder and strangeness in the world. My favorite was the Red Tree; I loved the complex art work in this one and the depth of the story despite it being very sparse on words.
The artwork is fantastic. Again the Lost Thing has the type of artwork that I most associate with Shaun Tan; pictures of strange fantastical beings that are part fantasy, part machine, and part sci-fi.Read more ›
"The Red Tree," written and illustrated by Tan features a red-haired girl who lets her imagination run wild with awful thoughts, expressed by Tan as fantastic, detailed surrealistic cartoons, all but three of which are rendered in somber colors. The girl's mood is dark until she emerges from her ennui when she sees a little red bud which develops into a full-grown, brilliant tree.
Full-page and double-page spreads of Tan's artwork featured between the stories would look wonderful matted and framed, hanging on a wall. I especially liked the reproduction of his 77 bottle caps assemblage with a sepia physics cartoon as a base. Each of the 7x11 bottle caps is illustrated with a math or physics equation, directional symbols, words or sentence fragments and one painting. There is also an alluring scene of long-legged black and white birds standing in blue pond.
My favorite of the three, "The Lost Thing," written by Tan and jam-packed with his wondrous illustrations, is about a boy who finds a weird creature and takes it home with him. The story unfolds as the boy tries to help The Lost Thing find the place where it belongs. Humorous storyline and art are underscored by droll mechanical drawings in sepia tones. One particular painting toward the end of this story ("what seemed to be the right place" for The Lost Thing) emerges as a work of pure genius, combining elements and inspiration from art as diverse as Hieronymus Bosch to Joan Miro, Salvador Dali to Giorgio de Chirico to Marcel Duchamp.Read more ›
In "The Lost Thing" the backdrop to the melancholy tale has a steampunk feel to it. Mechanical gadgets, strange buildings and seemingly unfeeling people populate this world. This was my favorite of the three stories. I think tweens will identify with the young man who isn't listened to but sees things others do not. It's a reminder to stay observant and not get too self-focused.
The opening story didn't work as well for me simply because it seemed far too heavy on the gloomy. This one had more of a Gothic overtone to me with dark leaves dotting the opening pictures. Throughout this story, really pay attention to what is happening in the pictures.
And then the illustration of "The Rabbits" by Robert Marsden is brilliant. It would make a very good teaching tool to talk about colonization and aboriginal peoples' losses. It is sad and unflinchingly honest.
The theme of lost and found in this book is well established. Sadly, I feel that there was more lost than found overall. This is a book I will return to again. It leaves an indelible mark on you the moment you open it.
Visually, it's stunning. The graphic novel feel will appeal to many young readers who may appreciate the visual affect. I recommend this book to anyone who has an intelligent, seeking child. You won't be disappointed.
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Very beautiful book. It's not as sophisticated as Arrival, stories are short and they are tolled by words and not as much by pictures as in Arrival, but they are still deep and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Katy
anything from shaun tan is a must read and this is no exception.Published 7 months ago by Arjun Jain
The illustrations in the book are absolutely gorgeous and each story actually has very poignant thoughts for adults to think on. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joey Magnuson