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Shaun Tan - Author

About the Author

Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of The Lost Thing, The Red Tree and The Arrival, all of which have won numerous international awards. The Lost Thing animation recently won an Oscar for the best animated short film. The Arrival won Shaun the Bologna Ragazzi Prize and Picture Book of the Year from CBCA 2007 amongst others. Shaun's books have been widely translated. In 2001 Shaun received the 'World Fantasy Best Artist Award' for his body of work. Shaun is the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award. The award described Shaun as 'a masterly visually storyteller'.

Featured books by Shaun Tan

Other books by Shaun Tan

Tales From Outer Suburbia

Tales From Outer Suburbia

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2021

A picture book from award-winning illustrator Shaun Tan, Tales from Outer Suburbia is a unique collection of original stories and illustrations. Shaun Tan, creator of The Arrival, The Lost Thing and The Red Tree, reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight!

Dog

Dog

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

A beautifully poignant gift book exploring the relationship between man and man's best friend, from the masterful Shaun Tan. One day I threw my stick at you. You brought it back. Then we were walking side by side as if it had always been this way. World-renowned artist and storyteller Shaun Tan reflects on the nature of humans and animals in this exquisitely illustrated fable about owner and Dog. A perfect little gift book from an extraordinary talent.

The Bird King: An Artist's Sketchbook

The Bird King: An Artist's Sketchbook

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Award-winning artist Shaun Tan brings his story-making to life in this beautiful sketchbook, now with brand new content. A treasure trove of sketchbook pages, jottings, doodles and drawings from life reveal much about Shaun's personal style and themes in this inspiring collection. Extensive brand new content includes pencil sketches for upcoming books, development work for Eric and cover design ideas for Cicada, along with new oil paint landscape sketches and character studies. This is a must-have for any Shaun Tan fan, particularly art and illustration students, as well as any lover of story and the creative process.

Sketches from a Nameless Land

Sketches from a Nameless Land

Author: Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/06/2019

Migrations

Migrations

Author: Shaun Tan, International Centre for the Picture Book in Society Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/05/2019

From all over the world, picture book illustrators sent original images and personal messages, in postcard form, for Migrations, an exhibition at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava, in 2017, curated by the University of Worcester's International Centre for the Picture Book in Society. Over fifty of the cards are reproduced in this very special book. The book is divided into themes of Departures, Long Journeys, Arrivals and Hope for the Future. The facsimile postcard text includes personal messages of hope from the illustrators, as well as quotes from writers including Emily Dickinson, WB Yeats, John Clare, and Anita Desai. Robert Macfarlane has written a poem specially for the postcard drawn by Jackie Morris. Illustrators include Christopher Corr, Marie-Louise Gay, Piet Grobler, Petr Horacek, Isol, Jon Klassen, Neal Layton, PJ Lynch, Roger Mello, Jackie Morris, Jane Ray, Chris Riddell, Axel Scheffler and Shaun Tan. In total, illustrators from 28 countries have contributed. Migrations carries a powerful message about human migration, showing how cultures, ideas and aspirations flow despite borders, barriers and bans.

Tales from the Inner City Limited Edition Gift Box

Tales from the Inner City Limited Edition Gift Box

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

This limited gift box edition includes an exclusive signed and numbered print. A stunningly presented collection of twenty-five illustrated short stories exploring the relationship between humans and animals, from award-winning visual storyteller Shaun Tan. Where can we live if not in each other's shadow? World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his extraordinary talent to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban co-existence. From crocodile to frog; tiger to bee, this is a dark and surreal exploration of the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict - of how animals can save us, and how we are entwined, for better or for worse. Tales from the Inner City is a truly masterly work, bearing all of Shaun Tan's trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations. This limited gift box edition includes an exclusive signed and numbered print.

Pictura Prints: Metropolis

Pictura Prints: Metropolis

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Pictura is a stunning range of black-and-white art to collect and colour for all ages. This large poster book format includes 12 prints, which can be removed from the book, coloured in and displayed on your wall. In this title from the urban strand, industry is born from an egg as other animals and plants look on. As it grows, metal trades metal, towns march and skyscrapers smoke, until all converge in a powerful, violent Metropolis. This mind-blowing creation myth from the inimitable Shaun Tan is yours for the colouring.

Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer

Author: Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2016

The Arrival

The Arrival

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2014

Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer

Author: Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2013

Pictura: Metropolis

Pictura: Metropolis

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Pictura is a stunning range of black-and-white artworks to collect and colour, for ages 9 to 90. In this title from the urban strand, industry is born from an egg as other animals and plants look on. As it grows, metal trades metal, towns march and skyscrapers smoke, until all converge in a powerful, violent Metropolis. This mind-blowing creation myth from the inimitable Shaun Tan is yours for the colouring.

Guys Read: A Day In the Life

Guys Read: A Day In the Life

Author: Shaun Tan Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2013

An artist takes us through his day, from his own particular perspective. A short story from Guys Read: Other Worlds, edited by Jon Scieszka.

Shaun Tan Notebook - Koala (Blue)

Shaun Tan Notebook - Koala (Blue)

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2011

Shaun Tan Notebook - Bee Eater (Yellow)

Shaun Tan Notebook - Bee Eater (Yellow)

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2011

The Red Tree

The Red Tree

Author: Shaun Tan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2010

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