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Lost & Found

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  4,984 ratings  ·  469 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.
Originally published in Australia between 1998 and 2001, the three stories collected in this book all share the themes of alienation and identity confusion. My favorite is The Lost Thing, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning animated short film in 2010. While these three early efforts by Shaun Tan are already visually stunning, they still lack the complexity and scope of his later masterpiece The Arrival.

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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
Both artwork and stories are great. I specially loved the rabbits story.
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
"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
Typical Tan! Impossible to classify or adequately describe. Can I just say brilliant, weird, and unforgettable?
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Simcha Wood
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
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
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.

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
Bryce Holt
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
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
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
David Schaafsma
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, and like some other children's lit, can be understood (maybe) better by kids than some adults. One, "The Rabbits" was written by John Marsden and is a kind of parable of coloni ...more
Dec 20, 2011 Raina rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
N.T. Embe [Moved to Leafmarks]
Nov 18, 2015 N.T. Embe [Moved to Leafmarks] rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Recommended to N.T. Embe by: Shaun Tan's Other Works
I loved everything about this. I truly, truly love the stories, their messages. They all are unique, special to me in a different way. I adore them. Yes, I do. You absolutely must read this at least once.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
This was not bad, but not amazing. I liked the middle story the best, with the Lost Thing.

This book fulfills the "book with an antonym in the title" section of my 2015 Reading Challenge.
Rain Misoa
Nov 18, 2015 Rain Misoa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Another beautifully told story by Shaun Tan.

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beautiful art! i love Shaun Tan's world's and his drawing style. the stories are sad but also mostly have some kind of shimmer of hope. and very thought provoking!
Accessible to any age, though a bit melancholic for the youngest readers. The art is gorgeous and the stories are wonderful, not that I would have expected anything less of Tan. I want him to make prints out of every illustration he does, and then give me those prints to paper my whole room in.
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
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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.” 5 likes
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