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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

Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer

Author: Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2020

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

As the world refugee crisis intensified, back in 2017 two teachers of Illustration at Worcester University had the idea of contacting illustrator friends around the world, asking them to draw and send an original postcard on the theme of Migration, to form an installation at the Biennale of Illustration at Bratislava, Slovakia. The response astonished them, with hundreds of cards and personal messages, forming a visually stunning show. The installation has since been mounted in South Korea and will be displayed at further places around the world, including Amnesty International's London offices in the summer of 2019. Over fifty of the postcards, mailed from 32 countries, are reproduced in actual size in this very special book, to be published on 9 May 2019. All the works have been donated and the book's royalties will be shared between Amnesty International and IBBY (International Board on Books for Youth). Leading children's book illustrators from the UK, including Christopher Corr, Neal Layton, Jackie Morris, Jane Ray and Chris Riddell, have contributed cards, along with illustrators from Argentina to Russia, South Africa to Iran. Australian illustrator Shaun Tan has written the Introduction. Janetta Otter-Barry, publisher of Otter-Barry Books, says: It's an honour to be chosen as publishers of this book. The fragility of a mailed postcard and of a migrating bird come together so aptly to capture the theme of human migration. It is quite literally formed of images and messages of hope, and I think that people will cherish it for that reason as well as for its brilliant variety and heartfelt approach. Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders is edited by the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society at the University of Worcester, and will be published on 9 May 2019 by Otter-Barry Books. Hardback GBP9.99

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

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

Shaun Tan Notebook - Tea Ceremony (Orange)

Shaun Tan Notebook - Tea Ceremony (Orange)

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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