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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
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Georgia Kelly I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars! The book is split into three different stories, and all the illustrations (and words) are beautiful. They each have…moreI rate this book 5 out of 5 stars! The book is split into three different stories, and all the illustrations (and words) are beautiful. They each have a deep meaning and purpose and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would understand deep and meaningful illustrations and words.(less)

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Calista
Shaun Tan is very likely one of the most original artists today. His artwork is stunning and like nothing else out there I know of. His stories are emotions on display. He evokes primal feelings in me as reader. He blows my mind every time so far.

In this are 3 short stories told:
The Red tree
the Lost Thing
the Rabbits

The Red tree touched me deeply. It's melancholia personified. I identified. The leaves in the room and the red tree in the room, both those images rang true for me. How often do I fe
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First Second Books
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.
Mischenko
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I was thoroughly engaged with the three stories in this book. Out of The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and The Rabbits which we'd already read separately, our favorite was The Red Tree.

Shaun Tan is an amazing illustrator and his artwork is so unique. Children love the illustrations and the stories require them to brainstorm. What are the stories about exactly? Readers can take on different views and conclu
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Andrew
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have wanted to get my hands on a book by Shaun Tan for some time now and finally I got my opportunity. What is more is that I discovered that 3 of his more famous works were available in a combined book with additional notes.

This book consists of The Red Tree, The lost thing and The Rabbits. The version I have was an ex-library book so I had to dissect the protective covers but other wise it is was in perfect condition. The reason I mention is that they had it listed as under children and comi
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Jan Philipzig
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.

David Schaafsma
Nov 07, 2012 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
Forrest
Sep 08, 2012 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
Raha
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely artwork ,sweet story ^^
Mir
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ideas, picture
I had read The Red Tree and The Lost Thing before, but The Rabbits (which has text by John Marsden) was new to me. I thought the art was great, but the story was a little more one-note than those by Tan, which tend to have some hope or some ambivalence even when they are sad or depressing. ...more
Brittany
Jun 11, 2011 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
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Eh?Eh!
Feb 28, 2011 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 kites...wow. The book ends with a short essay by Tan explainin ...more
Riana (RianaInTheStacks)
This is my second Shaun Tan book, the first being Tales from the Inner City, and I just love his illustration and stories. I have went ahead and added the rest of his books to my TBR. Between the two, I did enjoy Tales from the Inner City better, but I still loved Lost & Found. There are 3 stories and author’s notes included.

I particularly loved the first story called “The Red Tree”. One of my favorite things about Shaun Tan’s illustration is that it tends to evoke so much emotion. I feel like
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Licha
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: illustrated
Artwork: 5 stars.

Stories:
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.


Jennifer
Apr 05, 2011 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
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Apr 20, 2012 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
Amanda
Mar 21, 2016 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.
Francesca
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.
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This guy is insane!
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
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Lori Anderson
Jan 02, 2014 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
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Donalyn
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Typical Tan! Impossible to classify or adequately describe. Can I just say brilliant, weird, and unforgettable?
Fahime
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Both artwork and stories are great. I specially loved the rabbits story.
Elaine
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first story would've earned 5 stars from me and the other two 3-4 ish each.
Carol
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Shaun Tan has a drawing style I absolutely adore, his drawings are full of little details so the text that accompanies is just as important as looking at all the picture. And the stories he tells, with his partners for each one, are always so deep and profound. I could relate with 'The Red Tree', as I think we've all felt displaced at some point in life. It's a feeling common to us all, but you also know that things eventually get better, and there's a light at the end of the tunnel. ' ...more
Olivia | Liv's Library
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I definitely thought this was a graphic novel, but it’s a picture book. So keep that in mind before reading! Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the amazing illustrations! The deep thoughts in this book will resonate with people of all ages.
Alison
Nov 16, 2014 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
Liviania
Jun 12, 2012 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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Jeff
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jeff by: The Arrival's greatness
Shelves: comics
In the few hundred comic books i've read, Shaun Tan's visuals are easily the best (aka, my favorite). They're good enough to make me want to read/see all of his work. So ... i guess i'm going to abebooks.com very soon to find what i'm still missing.

This book includes three early stories by Tan that clearly display his genius. Therefore, you must check out The Arrival, which deserves every bit of praise it has received.

Tan's visual representation of depression in "The Red Tree" hits home, painful
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Jera Em
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shaun Tan's slightly surreal art captures emotion in a way words often can't. I love the way the big picture is shown while small, simple statements bring it home. I could empathize a great deal with the messages in these three stories. I also really enjoyed the authors' notes at the end. It adds a lot to a story to hear from the writer themselves on what they were hoping to portray.
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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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