Tales from Outer Suburbia (Hardcover)

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Hot on the heels of the remarkable award-winning "Arrival," Tan's delightfully weird and poignant take on suburban living firmly cements his reputation as a gifted storyteller and artist. Tan's books are for the young and old, to be revisited time after time. A new book by Shaun Tan is always a joyous occasion.

— From Vlad

Spring '09 Kids List

“Tales from Outer Suburbia is a story told in vignettes expressed in artistic renderings and text, which capture the experiences and stories heard, but not quite fully understood, of the impressionistic years of childhood. Not solely a picture book, nor just a graphic book or fictional tale, it's, rather, all of these combined - perfect to share with young and old alike.”
— Jack Blanchard, Fairy Godmother, Washington, DC


An exchange student who's really an alien, a secret room that becomes the perfect place for a quick escape, a typical tale of grandfatherly exaggeration that is actually even more bizarre than he says... These are the odd details of everyday life that grow and take on an incredible life of their own in tales and illustrations that Shaun Tan's many fans will love.

About the Author

Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel The Arrival, and also Tales from Outer Suburbia, a collection of illustrated short stories. Both books were named to the New York Times list of Best Illustrated Children's Books. He won an Oscar for his short film "The Lost Thing" based on a story in the book Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan, and he is also the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award of his contribution to children's literature. Shaun Tan lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545055871
ISBN-10: 0545055873
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: February 1st, 2009
Pages: 96
Language: English