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Alida's Song by Gary Paulsen
The Arrival
by Shaun Tan
Bird by Rita Murphy
Border Town (边城) by Shen Congwen
Catwings Return by Ursula K. LeGuin
Circus by Lois Ehlert
Flanimals by Ricky Gervais
Good Morning, Gorillas (Magic Tree House #26) by Mary Pope Osborne
Guy Wire by Sarah Weeks
Harold's ABC by Crocket Johnson
High Tide in Hawaii (Magic Tree House #28) by Mary Pope Osborne
Horns by Joe Hill
Jane on Her Own by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Kids' Guide to Digital Photography by Jenni Bidner
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Mary Modern by Camille Deangelis
The Octonauts and the Great Ghost Reef by Meomi
Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House #4) by Mary Pope Osborne
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Receive Me Falling by Erika Robuck
Science Fiction and Alternate History by David Scholes
Size Eight in a Size Zero World by Meredith Cagen
The Tarot Cafe Volume 2 by Sang-Sun Park
Tea for Ruby
by Sarah Ferguson
Uncle Andy's Cats by James Warhola
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Un Lun Dun by China Mié
Walter Wick's Optical Tricks by Walter Wick
When Teachers Talk by Rosalyn Susanne Schnall


Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for The Arrival

The Arrival: 08/21/10

The Arrival by Shaun Tan tells the story through pictures alone of a man leaving his home and family for a foreign country to seek work.When I need inspiration for something to read, I walk the shelves of my local library. I'm especially fond of walking the shelves of the tween and middle grade books. One of the gems I've found this way is The Arrival by Shaun Tan.

The Arrival tells the story through pictures alone of a man leaving his home and family for a foreign country to seek work. He arrives passport in hand to a place vaguely familiar but not entirely a real world place. It's a metropolis inspired by big cities around the world but doesn't represent a single one.

Tan's realistic sepia tone illustrations peppered with fantasy elements gives the impression of watching an old silent film, a UFA fantasy perhaps. In bookish terms, his drawings remind me of the illustrated half of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

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Comment #1: Sunday, August, 22, 2010 at 07:51:26

Tricia

I discovered Shaun Tan last year and I think he is incredibly talented. I really enjoyed this one.



Comment #2: Monday, August 23, 2010 at 21:13:57

Pussreboots

I want to read more of his books. I just need to make the time.



Comment #3: Sunday, August, 22, 2010 at 09:44:02

Buffy @ Situations Where You May Need It

Thanks, Sarah - I've been aware of this one for a while and this prompted me to finally put it on hold!



Comment #4: Monday, August 23, 2010 at 21:15:49

Pussreboots

Great! It's a lovely book, a work of art.



Comment #5: Sunday, August, 22, 2010 at 10:14:38

Amanda

This was in the tween/MG section of the library? How strange. I've always seen this categorized as an adult book, though of course it's universal in age. My whole family read it and did a vlog review of it last fall. It's my favorite of Shaun Tan's books so far.



Comment #6: Monday, August 23, 2010 at 21:17:01

Pussreboots

Yes it was in the children's wing of the library which has everything from picture books up through tweens. I think the librarians put the best of graphic novels either in the children's wing or in the young adult room because there isn't a dedicated section for the adult graphic novels.