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Lost & Found

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  5,933 Ratings  ·  536 Reviews
A girl finds a bright spot in a dark world.

A boy leads a strange, lost creature home.

And a group of peaceful creatures cedes their home to hostile invaders.

Shaun Tan, with his understates voice and brilliant draftsmanship, has proved that he has a unique imaginative window to our souls, and an unparalleled ability to share that opening with pictures and narratives that ar
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Dear Shaun Tan, I would please like to come and live inside your head. Failing that, can you build an amusement park outside my house? Hearts and flowers, Gina.
Sep 08, 2012 Forrest rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful book, full of wonder, but not completely wonderful. The artwork is spectacular and the stories are better-than-adequate. But I see this as a bittersweet collection. The stories end on a hopeful note, but if you're on meds, you may want to dose up before diving in. Not that the stories are depressing, just a bit gray, ironically. The vibrant artwork contrasts pretty sharply with the subdued voice of the stories, making the read a bit of a push-pull. Try this: have someone read ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Eh?Eh! rated it really liked it
Shelves: babble-added
Since The Arrival was still very fresh and vibrant in my mind, this suffered a little in comparison to me. Lovely, all of them. The first two were sweet, with a red leaf to find on every page of the first and the second conveying simplicity even with complex drawings. The last, "The Rabbits," was amaaaaaaaazing!, grim, sad, and unfortunately easily understood to represent historical events - the page that opens to children carried by The book ends with a short essay by Tan explainin ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Licha rated it liked it
Shelves: illustrated
Artwork: 5 stars.

The Red Tree, 2.5 stars
The Lost Thing, 2 stars
The Rabbits, 3 stars

Some parts of the stories I could get into, other parts were too surreal for me. Out of the three stories, The Rabbits was a Little more straightforward.

Kelly H. (Maybedog)
May 08, 2012 Kelly H. (Maybedog) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: how-picture-book
Three picture books are included in this volume so I will review them separately but overall the book is breathtaking. Although all three books are illustrated with wondrous, inventive, and unrecognizable things like The Arrival, they are the perfect illustrations for the metaphorical tales they are illustrating. Tan’s artwork is astonishing. His text is less so but that’s okay, it’s still fairly good and that’s not what this is about anyway. Also like The Arrival, the pictures pretty much speak ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Three books in one. All quite different. I thought the illustration styles really matched the different stories. The Rabbits was really sad. The Red Tree ended too soon. The Lost Thing was quite interesting.
3.5 stars
This includes three short stories: The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and The Rabbits, the first one being my favorite. I would recommend this for fans of Shaun Tan.
Apr 05, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
First of all, I'm not exactly sure how to go about classifying this book. It isn't a graphic novel as it contains three short illustrated stories/fables. It isn't a picture book (in the traditional sense) for young children. I suppose that it is a graphic picture book meant for older children and adults. It is one of those books that you need to see to fully understand, which is why you should look through the book to get a feel for its art and tone.

Perhaps the best way to review the book is to
Tony Keefer
I loved this rerelease of 3 stories by Shaun Tan. As usual the artwork is amazing and in some cases very haunting. All three stories deal with the place of people in a society.

The first story the Red Tree is a beautiful and somewhat disturbing tale of a girl who doesn't seem to fit in, but when she stops waiting for something perfect to happen she discovers good right in front of her eyes. There is a stunning 2 page spread of little illustrations that I studied for many minutes before turning t
David Schaafsma
Sep 17, 2016 David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Amazing art. Intriguing, provocative stories. Not easy to categorize. Children's lit? Maybe the best of art is hard to categorize, in that it sets out in new directions and doesn't easily fit into anything we have seen before. These are early, pre-Arrival Tan, influenced by university post-modern and post-colonial theory, but in spite of this, like some other children's lit, can be understood (maybe) better by kids than some adults. I have in mind here the work of former postmodern lit theory gr ...more
Lori Anderson
Dec 29, 2015 Lori Anderson rated it it was amazing
I bought this book several years ago because YES, I judge a book by its cover (hangs head in shame). I just got around to reading it.

The book is a compilation of picture books (?) but they're unlike any kids' picture books I've ever seen. In fact, a lot of kids might be confused by the message or scared off by the darkness. Others will be intrigued.

I was entranced, and I'd recommend this book to any artist, particularly mixed media artists....Tan is amazing. I completely followed the stories, an
Dec 03, 2013 Donalyn rated it it was amazing
Typical Tan! Impossible to classify or adequately describe. Can I just say brilliant, weird, and unforgettable?
Aug 03, 2015 Fahime rated it it was amazing
Both artwork and stories are great. I specially loved the rabbits story.
Nov 16, 2014 Alison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 520ya
"Lost and Found" is another wonderful book by Shaun Tan. This book is separated into three shorter books. The text in these stories is not difficult or lengthy, but the meaning behind the text is very deep. "The Red Tree" is the first story in this book. This story really explores the theme that many middle schoolers would be able to relate to, finding yourself. It discusses how sometimes everything in the world may seem bad at some point, and how it may be difficult at times finding who you are ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Liviania rated it it was amazing
Lost and Found: Three by Shaun Tan is a beautiful book. Tan's paintings vary in style, but all of them are full of interesting details. (Okay, not all of them are even paintings. There are collages, for instance.) I've noticed different things in the images everytime I've opened the book. The images stand well on their own, without the accompaniment of text.

The first story in this omnibus is "The Red Tree." This one has the most experimental art; sometimes the style changes between pages. "The R
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Nov 17, 2014 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: 520ya
This book by Shaun Tan is a collection of three of his short stories: The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, The Rabbits. The stories and pictures are very philosophical and open to interpretation, it has a poetic feel to the text. Each page of the story has one or two sentences that are general and don't explain anything specific. For example, in The Red Tree the first two pages say: "Sometimes the day begins with nothing to look forward to, and things go from bad to worse." The pictures add meaning to ...more
Jun 11, 2011 Brittany rated it it was amazing
Within these pages you will find three stories. Some might make you sad, some might make you feel great. All are beautifully illustrated with sparse words that capture intense emotions. Allow yourself to be swept into very different worlds for a few moments. The front flap tells, in brief what each story is about.
"A girl finds a bright spot
in a dark world.

A boy leads a strange,
lost creature home.

And a group of peaceful
creatures cedes their home to hostile invaders."

I really love Shaun Tan's a
Apr 02, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it
The cover is what first drew me to this book. And when I opened it up I was not disappointed. Throughout there are many beautiful, full-page pictures that work together with the words to tell a richly-detailed story.

The first story is "The Red Tree" and is a dark, gritty, somewhat depressing story of a girl having a very bad day. The pictures here had me mesmerized. I think what I really enjoyed about this story is that it shows that bad things don't last, and there's a great need for hope.

Bryce Holt
Mar 23, 2011 Bryce Holt rated it liked it
The visuals of Shaun Tan's "Lost and Found" are stellar, which should come as no surprise since it was done by one of the best illustrators alive. That said, the storytelling...especially the endings to the two that Tan actually wrote ("The Red Tree" and "The Lost Thing")...were surprisingly weak. I thought "The Red Tree" was graphically profound, and though I admit that the story wouldn't have made sense without the words (as his epic work "The Arrival" manages to do), it was so close to being ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Jenifer rated it it was amazing
Man, am I having fun! While looking for a graphic novel to suggest to my son, I came upon "The Arrival" by Shaun Tan. I was completely mesmerized by his story of immigrants in a strange land. (One of my favorite topics, anyway.)

I had to have more, so I checked out everything our library has by this amazing author/artist. "Lost and Found" contains three illustrated stories and each one is fantastic! They are a bit grey (I don't want to say dark) and deal with subjects like displacement and disco
Simcha Wood
Jan 28, 2012 Simcha Wood rated it it was amazing
I don't generally take the opportunity to read picture books these days, so I feel a bit fortunate to have come across Shaun Tan's Lost and Found. This book combines three brilliantly crafted stories with the most mesmerizing artwork I've ever seen in a book ostensibly targeted to children.

Though it is a children's book, the book is one of those rare jewels that can be appreciated by people of all ages. The stories are not dumbed down, but they have a surface simplicity that will make them immed
Sarah T.
Shaun Tan has quickly become one of my favorite author/illustrators!

After reading "Tales From Outer Suburbia," and finding that its reading level was just too high to use as a book club selection for the adult literacy program I work for, I was BUMMED! It was so creative and surreal and the illustrations were simply stunning. So, I sought out another book to use and found this one. I think I have found my book club book!

This book, like "Tales" is full of busy, surreal illustrations and while th
Dec 20, 2011 Raina rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, e, creepyish
I love Australians. Shaun Tan has one of the most innocently twisted minds I've ever explored.

This collection of early work is noticeably less mature than treasures like Tales from Outer Suburbia, but only in the storytelling. The images are different, strange, and just as darkly whimsical.

My favorite was "The Lost Thing."

I particularly appreciated that the book as a whole is designed by Tan, cover to cover. Makes me glad to read a compendium, instead of the individual volumes, for maybe the
Eva Mitnick
Mar 16, 2011 Eva Mitnick rated it really liked it
Although I labeled this as a "graphic novel," it's not one in the traditional frames-and-bubbles sense. Rather, it's a picture book for older kids, teens, and adults, containing three stories. The first, The Red Tree, is about the possibility of finding meaning and joy in the midst of depression and sorrow. The second, The Lost Thing, is a bit of whimsy and sweetness though the world depicted is modernity at its worst - both dirty and impersonal, with plenty of scary authoritarian touches. The t ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Tan's latest collection includes three short graphic stories, each with an underlying message for readers. However, as with all of his work, the artwork is the real key feature. Tan is an incredible artist, and while the stories in this book are simple to comprehend, the visuals will keep on each page for a long time, and in my case, made me go back to look at them again and again. I especially enjoyed the final tale, "The Rabbits," which could be used very well in a classroom; it's an allegoric ...more
Apr 01, 2016 McYang rated it it was amazing
The first story, "The Red Tree", describes via a visual landscape the depths and despair of a depressive episode. "The Lost Thing" is an ode to Emerson who talked about the prison of man building up around the child who forgets the heaven and wonder of his youth. But it's Marsden/Tan's final piece, "The Rabbits" that more clearly demonstrate the devastation of colonialism and the irrevocable environmental/cultural loss it brings. Just wow. Shaun Tan, like Craig Thompson and Chris Van Allsburg, t ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Caity rated it it was amazing
This is a really interesting book as the artwork is somewhere between a picture book and a graphic novel with more sophisticated artwork. The book contains three short stories that deals with more mature themes for example the first story is about dealing with depression while the last is about the colonization of Australia. While the stories themselves may be simple the author's note in the back of the book expands on the topics and gives an in depth look at the inspiration behind each story. O ...more
Oh wow. I think this is one of my new favorites! The illustrations are incredible. I was looking it over on the couch when both Libby and Katie, ages 18 and 15, asked me to read it aloud (yes, they are my audience when I want to test a read aloud), and they were both hooked right away. There are three stories in this book, and they are puzzling and captivating. There are many layers of theme, allegory,and symbolism in each one. Fortunately, Shaun Tan writes about each one in the back of the book ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Illustrations were sometimes intricately detailed, sometimes it just consisted of a burst of colour, but all beautiful. And (this is going to sound weird) I just wanted to lay my face on some of the pages. 1st story, "The Red Tree" resonated with me the most, but the other two stories - "The Lost Thing" about things you notice and grow out of noticing, and "The Rabbits" an extended metaphor on colonialism are excellent as well.
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Shaun Tan (born 1974) is the illustrator and author of award-winning children's books. After freelancing for some years from a studio at Mt. Lawley, Tan relocated to Melbourne, Victoria in 2007. Tan was the Illustrator in Residence at the University of Melbourne's Department of Language Literacy and Arts Education for two weeks through an annual Fellowship offered by the May Gibbs Children’s Liter ...more
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“There is an implicit recognition here that important things in life are not always immediately visible, and can't always be named, or even fully understood. Others still are entirely imaginary -- like a red tree growing suddenly in a room -- although this does not make them any less real.” 10 likes
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