Lavish, brilliant paintings...As always, the swirl of emotion that Tan's artwork kicks up lingers long after the book is closed.
Thrilling... one startling image after another.
Tan's mesmerizing, gorgeous art is as beautiful and entrancing as ever.
Evocative, enthralling and with absolutely astounding artwork so good readers will wish that ike summer, it would last forever.
Brilliant... as always, the swirl of emotion that Tan's artwork kicks up lingers long after the book is closed.
Pure magic... told with minimal text and the beautiful surreal imagery of Tan's paintings. I would be quite happy to give this book ten stars out of five if that were allowed. Simply unmissable for readers who seek out unique and thought provoking books. When the children outgrow this, I will be keeping it for myself. * * * * *
Beguiling, magical, vivid, sumptuous. Tan's open-ended tales invariably suggest possibilities beyond the frame, creating an imaginative space for readers to inhabit the stories.
The multi-layered illustrations are glorious... this is a strange, thought-provoking and enlightening book.
Sumptuous and sincere... this title is a winner.
Magnificent...big, confident and blazing with colour
A mesmerising addition to Shaun Tan's eclectic array of thoughtful and surreal picture books... breathtaking.
Magnificent. Big, confident and blazing with colour.
Superb artwork that elicits both a cerebral and emotional response and that, when coupled with the text, invites readers to plumb the mysterious depths of the human experience.
Shaun Tan is a truly innovative and original picture book creator and this book does not disappoint . This book can be explored on different levels throughout KS2 and would prompt detailed discussion about the paintings, themes of isolation and alienation and consideration of which rules in life makes sense to the children. A treasure trove.
Thrilling, disturbing and hard to shake...one startling image after another
Shaun Tan continues to push out the boundaries of the picturebook medium... whichever way you look at it, this is an extraordinary picturebook, an aesthetic abject, with much to enjoy, respond to, think and talk about.
Shaun Tan has earned the reputation as the creator of picture books that defy easy interpretation... enigmatic verbal and visual clues to construct narratives... lovingly detailed painterly illustration... starkly realistic and elusively surreal.