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The Arrival
The Arrival | Shaun Tan
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What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.
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TieDyeDude
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A beautiful, wordless interpretation of the immigrant experience.

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Patchshank
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I really enjoyed this one. Its a story of emigration told entirely through illustrations. I love the bizarre world tan creates.

vivastory This is such a fantastic book 3w
DogMomIrene I love this book too. The world. The beauty of the illustrations. The themes❤️ 3w
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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/grwz7ZG4zgE

Enjoy!

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Smrloomis
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Wow. I borrowed this from the library recently and all I can say is: this book is AMAZING.

jlhammar Agreed! Wonderful book. 4mo
Smrloomis @jlhammar so true! I just shoved this library copy in someone else‘s hands today and told them they *must* borrow it 😂 4mo
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PetiteMass
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Stunning art and a unique story! I wish there was more of it!

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JoeMo
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This is a beautiful graphic novel that documents the experiences of an immigrant through a series of illustrations. It is a very quick read, but I‘m thrilled to have added this to my library. I‘m sure I‘ll be revisiting this multiple times in the future!

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
Horvendile88 Thanks for the recommendation, this looks fantastic! 1y
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sdbruening
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Mehso-so

Wow, a graphic novel with no words at all. The artist does an excellent job of creating a sense of foreignness. It‘s supposed to be like he is emigrating to America, but the artist made it look so weird and crazy that it gives you a sense of what it must be like for immigrants to try to make their way in a place where they don‘t know the language or customs. At times a little difficult to follow, but glad it was a happy ending.

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NikkiM5
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I just finished this tearjerker this morning. The artwork was beautiful ❤️ a pick for sure.

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vivastory
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This is the third Tan book that I have read. It is his most well known, & justifiably so. The art work in this story without words is stunning. The reader must rely on the images to construct their own story: one of an immigrant who is disoriented by the strange customs & language of his new home. Tan's message of immigrants helping out one another really stood out in this brief, yet powerful, work full of arresting & surprising images.

Kalalalatja This book is like a work of art. I have spent so much time looking at the illustrations! 2y
vivastory @Kalalalatja Agreed 100%. I mean the bottom left panel. In the span of 3-4 pages I feel like a miniature narrative of trauma was successfully related. I borrowed this one from the library but will prob buy my own personal copy 2y
Kalalalatja It is a book worth owning 👌 2y
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rockpools
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Very very beautiful and very very strange.

A wordless graphic novel of the experience of leaving your home and starting afresh somewhere new, somewhere you don‘t know the language, the food, the people, the animals. But somewhere you‘ll meet and learn the stories of fellow refugees. And somewhere your children will eventually know as home.

Quite stunning.

TrishB Lovely review 💜 2y
AmyG This sounds wonderful. 2y
suvata This is probably my favorite graphic novel of all time. 2y
Kalalalatja I love this book 👌 2y
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LibraryCin
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This was well done. The illustrations are beautiful. I was able to figure out what was going on, at least at the start and end. There were a few things in the middle that confused me a bit. There were no words at all, and I felt like it was meant to represent how someone who doesn‘t speak the language might interpret things, but some of it was just so odd, I couldn‘t quite figure it out. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin And I felt like (if that‘s why the no words), the man would have started to figure things out a bit more as time went on 2y
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rockpools
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Thanks for the tag @julesG 😊

1. Counting train passengers on/off at each station, to show the rail company they needed to put on more regular branch-line trains (and maybe install ticket barriers!) It all got a bit more tricky when marines started doing press-ups between the compartments...

2. ‘No worrying features‘ on my 2-year scan 🎉

Would you like to play @StellaDz @coffeenebula @CGainor3 @LeahBergen ?

#thankfulthursday @Cosmos_Moon

julesG Great news on your 2-year scan! 3y
squirrelbrain Great news on the scan! 😘 3y
rockpools @squirrelbrain @julesg Thank you 😊😘 3y
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Cosmos_Moon That job sounds a little like one my friend had when we were in grad school, counting how many people went by on a sidewalk walking, biking, running or other. It was a public health study. Happy for you about your clear scan! 3y
LeahBergen Yayyyy for that scan!! 👏🏻❤️👏🏻❤️ 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Great news! 💗 3y
batsy Great news about the scan ❤️ 3y
rockpools @Cosmos_Moon Thank you 😊- and thanks for the questions. It‘s really fun tonsee everyone‘s answers for these. 3y
rockpools @LeahBergen @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @batsy Thank you 😘😘😘 One less thing to worry about 😁 3y
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Kenyazero
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This wordless graphic novel is one of my favorites. It follows the journey of an immigrant fleeing adangerous world to a Utopia where he has no friends and limited grasp on the language in order to rescue his family. He hears the stories of other immigrants along the way. Perfect for #AcrossApril's #arrival prompt! @Eggs

Eggs Yes that is perfect 👌🏼 3y
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GatheringBooks
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#AcrossApril Day 11: Shaun Tan‘s The #Arrival is one of my absolute favourite picturebooks - there is nothing at all like it. Have I mentioned that I interviewed Shaun Tan on GatheringBooks a few years back? One of our shining moments. Here it is: https://wp.me/pDlzr-5Jr

Eggs Oh this is incredible 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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crazyspine
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So blown away by Tan's talent. I wonder how long it took him to create this because there's so much detail. It looks like photographs. Graphic novels are really popular right now, but this is the first one I've seen that is totally wordless.

crazyspine @SaturnDoo @BookishMe Just realized I had tagged the wrong book, oops. It's now correct 3y
BookishMe Hehehe... I thought the author's did not seem to match ;p 3y
WriterAtHeart I got to read this during my first LTS position and really enjoyed teaching it. 3y
crazyspine @WriterAtHeart oh wow you taught it? That would be interesting to teach. I do have a kid who is using it for a project 3y
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Kenyazero
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This is a stunningly beautiful and creative graphic novel. It beautifully conveys complex concepts such as being a refugee in a new country and needing to rescue your family from a terrifying country without using a single word. It had a strong #ellisisland feeling to the setting. #refugee #wordless #comicwithoutwords #nowords #history

CherylRussell Love Shaun Tan's work. :) 3y
Kenyazero @CherylRussell it's very worth loving! I'm always enthralled by it. 3y
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AnneCecilie
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December 5th - #Advenrecommends day 5

This is a story about a man who leaves his home and family to seek better opportunities somewhere else. The illustrations really shows how hard it is to settle down somewhere else where this are different. And the illustrations are gorgeous

Becker This is such a special book. Talk about “a picture paints a thousand words”!❤️ 3y
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suvata
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7 Days of 5-star reads #5StarBooks October 24, 2019 - Day 3 #bookstagram

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hilded
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush Day 2

@mabell Do you wanna join if you haven‘t already? Just share 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed.

The cover is just the first of many beautiful illustrations in this one 💗

Aimeesue Shaun Tan ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 3y
hilded @Aimeesue He is such a talented artist ❤️ 3y
mabell Thank you for the tag @hilded ! 3y
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rockpools
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#TheHat #lilithjuly

Newsflash (not): I really need to stop borrowing library books and read what‘s on my shelves.

KarenUK I just bought this one! A #BlameitonLitsy from last week.... I also need to address my #TBR mountain range ASAP! 🤦‍♀️ 4y
DivineDiana @RachelO @KarenUK I‘m with you, Ladies! One thing I have started to do is join a Litsy Challenge if it is a book that I own and have not read! Sort of working! 😉 4y
rockpools @KarenUK It‘s beautiful isn‘t it? 4y
rockpools @DivineDiana Yes, I need to get back to #Booked2019 and tackle some of my books. I keep getting distracted by other challenges (the bbrc children‘s books, or read around the world books, that I absolutely definitely don‘t own!) Ah well! 4y
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musclegirl2666
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I read this yesterday morning waiting for my mother to return from a sleepover. I sat in a comfortable chair and drank coffee out of a blue mug.

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Mandoul
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This one is a pick + for me. A beautifully drawn story about a migrant on a very different world from ours. It is wordless and effectively free from colour, but still beautiful and engaging and thought provoking. One of very few books that i will pick up again and again and still enjoy each time. Five stars Shaun Tan!!

AnneCecilie I read this in May and loved it. I‘m amazed by how much the author manage to tell without words. 4y
Mandoul I totally agree @AnneCecilie 😀 4y
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FantasyChick
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Well...I did it!! It took some work but I finished the hunt! 👏👏
It took a bit to find a picture book but this one was so interesting. The artwork is amazing and the concept the artist used to show the trials of immigration is just fantastic. Something I normally wouldn't pick up for sure. Thanks @AnansiGirl for the rec 👍
✅ with no words
Thanks also for a great #MayScavengerHunt @Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid @RadicalReader
It was a time 😊😊

BeansPage Yaaaasss girl!!!!!! Shoot me an email so you can be entered into win a prize! TamaraTheReadingMermaid@yahoo.com 4y
Clwojick Congrats! I‘m glad you enjoyed the challenge! ♥️ 4y
Samplergal It was hard to finish, wasn‘t it ? 4y
FantasyChick @TheReadingMermaid *gasp* prizes!! I didn't even realize there were prizes 😂 Sending you an email now! @Clwojick It was hard but a lot of fun. Thanks to you both for hosting 👏👏 4y
FantasyChick @Samplergal it was not easy but I enjoyed it! Honestly surprised I finished, some were really hard to find 4y
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SconsinBookyBadger
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BeansPage Beautiful artwork 4y
SconsinBookyBadger @TheReadingMermaid omg the artwork just punches me right in the heart 4y
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Smrloomis
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Thanks @Gillyreads for the tip about the commemorative stamps! Now I have more authors besides Mem Fox and Shaun Tan to add to my TBR. If anyone else wants to read about the 2019 children‘s book authors in the Australian legends awards, this is short: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.heraldsun.com.au/news/childrens-book-authors-to...

Gillyreads 😊 4y
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AnneCecilie
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I‘m so glad you pointed me to this book in Tan‘s backlist @suzisteffen I loved this book. Tan has an amazing eye for details in his drawings and this makes his characters come to life. In this story without words, we follow an immigrant in a new world and since it‘s new to us as well, we feel what he‘s feeling.

Kalalalatja Love this book ❤️ 4y
suzisteffen I REALLY loved this book. So good. Glad you liked it! 4y
Lindy ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Aimeesue ❤️❤️❤️Shaun Tan❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 4y
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AnneCecilie
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Another example of Tan‘s details. Here he captures all the looks of confusion and not understanding. You don‘t need text, with this eye for detail.

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AnneCecilie
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I absolutely love Tan‘s eye for details in his drawings.

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GatheringBooks
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#LiteraryLuck Day 19: #Shamrock reminded me of the astounding image (topmost) from this wordless and timeless narrative. Fats and I collaborated on our review for this multi-award-winning title. I included Shaun Tan‘s email response to this post in the Comments Section. So happy that he said yes to our invite for a Skype conversation for the Asian Festival of Children‘s Content here in Singapore 2 yrs ago. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-1ne

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🍀🍀🍀 4y
vkois88 Beautiful 4y
Jee_HookedOnBookz I used to attend that festival and I loved it! 4y
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sblbooks
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really enjoyed my first wordless graphic novel. Shaun Tan's illustrations were stunning. The story of his parents immigration from Malaysia to Australia.

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CollapsingLibrary
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Not really a quote, but since this book doesn‘t have words, I felt this to be appropriate.

suzisteffen I love this book so much. 4y
Becker Beautiful picture in a beautiful book.😍 4y
CollapsingLibrary @suzisteffen I was skeptical when it was assigned for class but was blown away by it! 4y
suzisteffen @hjreviews An expensive class book! What kind of class? 4y
CollapsingLibrary @suzisteffen it was a class on young adult literature so we read 20 YAL books and learned bout different genres and the importance of yal lit for both society and from a teaching perspective 4y
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CollapsingLibrary
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⭐️5/5 gorgeous book. It has no words but tells the story of an immigrant trying to create a better life for his family.

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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It's here! My #JustABookSwap is here!!! Thank you @Mynameisacolour Heather! ❤️💕 Will unwrap and post a pic of the book in the next picture! Can't wait!!

THANK YOU @TheBookKeepers for organizing this!

TheBookKeepers Eeeeek yay!!!!!!! 4y
HeathHof Yayyyy!! I'm glad that it made it! 4y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @TheBookKeepers @Mynameisacolour yeaaahhh!❤️❤️😍 I just posted a pic of the contents! THANK YOU! 4y
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hilded
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My pick for #adventrecommends for Day 13 is this lovely graphic novel ❤️ The story is told only through pictures, no words needed. Read it if you haven‘t already!!

#Favourites

CherylRussell Love Shaun Tan‘s work. 😍🙂 4y
hilded He is so talented 😍 @CherylRussell 4y
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Kalalalatja
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hilded The most beautiful book ❤️ 5y
hermyknee ♥️ 5y
Becker I truly loved this book. You could look at it for hours. 5y
rubyslippersreads I've looked through this a bit at the bookstore and been tempted. 😊 5y
Kalalalatja @hilded @hermyknee @Becker I‘m continually amazed by Tan‘s talent. It really is a gorgeous book 👌 @rubyslippersreads it is a stunning addition to every book collection! 😍 5y
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Chelleo
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@Eggs ... your #sockswap package 📦 arrived today 🤩🤗

Eggs Yay!! That was quick! 5y
ReadZenRites Love the lion 🦁 backdrop 😊❤️ 5y
readinginthedark My son has that chair, too! ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
Chelleo @readinginthedark One of the best impulse buys I‘ve ever made! 5y
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mimsyborogroves
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After reading (looking through?) this wordless book today, I thought the story was alright, and that the artwork was absolutely stunning! #fantasy #pencildrawings #catsoflitsy

Traci1 Beautiful kitty. 5y
mimsyborogroves She is indeed lovely (: @Traci1 5y
Jabberwocky So ridiculously fluffy 5y
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rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 🎊🎉🙌🏻 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Welcome to the bookish neighborhood! Your sis is one of my favorite people to follow on here. Looking forward to seeing your reviews! 5y
Smrloomis Welcome! 🎉 5y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 5y
Chelleo 👋🏾 welcome! 5y
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GatheringBooks
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#HumpDayPost
🌴 I am very lucky to be living on-campus for the past 10 yrs now, the university where I teach, described as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world by Times Higher Education
🌴 sports/business/finance
🌴 book-hunting, raid the out-of-the-way bookshops/ cafes/ museums/ restaurants that locals go to
🌴it‘s a condo unit for faculty - off white?
🌴too many! tagged book, anything by rumi, mary oliver, gaiman, ferrante

TrishB Which University is it? Looks lovely. 5y
GatheringBooks @TrishB nanyang technological university (NTU) in Singapore :) 5y
TrishB I was out there visiting SIT earlier this year. A beautiful place - though probably way too hot for me!! 5y
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Somasis
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I love #silent graphic novels, especially this one, a beautiful story of immigration, loneliness, and home. The artwork is stunning, and the character's journey is moving, all without a single word.

#readingresolutions @Jess7

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LaviniaG
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My second encounter with #graphicnovels. An exceptional book, Shaun Tan is such a talented storyteller!

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Kalalalatja
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There aren‘t a lot of #noisenoise in this silent graphic novel. Instead, the story relies on the reader‘s imagination and interpretation of Tan‘s amazing artwork 👌

#NuYear

TrishB Clever 👍🏻 5y
JaclynW I love the look of this book! 5y
Cinfhen Really pretty photo 👌🏽 5y
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2BR02B Just read and loved this. ❤ 5y
JazzFeathers Looks fantastic! 5y
Kalalalatja @TrishB @Cinfhen 💜💜 @JaclynW @JazzFeathers it is beautiful inside and out 👏 @2BR02B It was one of my favourites last year. The artwork is stunning 👌 5y
Cathythoughts Amazing picture ✨ 5y
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2BR02B
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Can I crawl inside the pages of this book and just live there?

#LetsGetGraphicWeeklongMarathon
@Clwojick @TricksyTails

CoffeeCatsBooks I loved the images in this! 💕 5y
goodthinkrebel I love this book! 5y
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2BR02B
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So far, I'm really enjoying this unique immigrant narrative told only in intricate, whimsical illustrations- no dialogue.

#LetsGetGraphicWeeklongMarathon
@Clwojick @TricksyTails

suvata Probably my favorite graphic novel so far. 5y
2BR02B @suvata It's shaping up to be a five star read for me. 5y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Beautiful, imaginative, bizarre picture book. Read it with both kids and we all enjoyed it. It took all 3 of us to interpret parts of the story. Very unusual.

Bibliotaph_and_tsundoku ❤️ Shark dog! 5y
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Faibka
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An interesting take on the migrant experience and a very moving story told solely through beautiful intricate drawings that seem more like old photos. It‘s wonderful how even without words the artist is able to convey the feeling of trying to navigate through a new land when everything can seem strange and confusing. The ending will melt your heart.

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Faibka
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It finally arrived :)

cathysaid I see what you did there. 👏👏👏 5y
Faibka @cathysaid 😁 couldn‘t help myself 5y
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Bradleygirl
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This really surprised me when it veered into fantasy but I loved it. Such achingly lovely drawing, and no words but a solid emotional line, not dependent on fantasy. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
#comicthon #graphicnovel #comics

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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These illustrations are absolutely stunning. They look like real old photos. Whoever designed this book did an amazing job. I feel like the topic is more relevant than ever even with the book being over 10 years old. It really only takes a few minutes to look through and I feel like words would've taken away from the story. We all have heard the immigrant story but seeing it is not something everyone has the chance to do.

mcipher His work is beautiful. 5y
drokka I love this book 5y
rubyslippersreads I saw this at the bookstore, and it was very tempting. 5y
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RebL I pull this book out all the time at work and for multiple reasons. 5y
Indexasaurus Great book, love Shaun Tan's work. 5y
Cathythoughts Beautiful 💫 5y
Nikki15 I love Shaun Tan's books! Always use them in the classroom, my kids love them too!! 5y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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The concept of this book has me very intrigued

ChicaReads Looks interesting. I stacked it ☺ 5y
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