Shaun Tan… Genius.

I first discovered Shaun Tan when I was perusing the shelves in a bookstore looking for something to buy for my newborn niece.  I quickly decided on Where the Wild Things Are, it being a classic that every child should own, then I came across Tales From Outer Suburbia.  While not aimed at a very young audience, being far too sophisticated and dark, it quickly caught my imagination and I just had to buy it.  I now read it on my visits to see my sister and her family.  I will eventually buy myself a copy as well when I’ve got the money.

  water buffaloes are like that; they hate talking.

'water buffaloes are like that; they hate talking.'

  We were young and full of confidence, always in a hurry too.

'We were young and full of confidence, always in a hurry too.'

I later came across The Red Tree—about how overwhelming life can be—which I connected with very quickly.

Nobody Understands

'Nobody Understands'

or who you are meant to be

'or who you are meant to be'

Do yourself a favour and check them out for yourself.

Shaun Tan also did work on Pixar’s Wall-E (brilliant film) and his website can be seen here.

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