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Lost & Found
Contributor(s): Tan, Shaun
ISBN: 0545229243     ISBN-13: 9780545229241
Publisher: Arthur a Levine
    OUR PRICE: $19.79  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: March 2011
Annotation: Three stories explore how we lose and find what matters most to us, as a girl finds a bright spot in a dark world, a boy leads a strange, lost being home, and a group of peaceful creatures loses its home to cruel invaders.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children's stories, Australian.
Loss (Psychology); Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010030936
Lexile Measure: 580
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.75" H x 9.00" W x 0.75" (1.78 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 142878
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Shaun Tan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Tales from the Inner City, Rules of Summer, and The Singing Bones. He received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2011 and won an Academy Award for the adaptation of his picture book The Lost Thing (from Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan). Shaun lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
In "The Red Tree," a girl moves through her day with a sense of escalating ennui. In "The Lost Thing," a boy discovers a most peculiar object. "The Rabbits" (text by John Marsden) is a colonization fable. In this compilation of previously published picture books, Tan's superb art--paradoxically inviting and alienating--is tailored to each story without any loss of his signature style. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #3)
This compilation of three previously published but hard-to-find picture books is a treat for fans of Shaun Tan who know only his last two books, The Arrival (rev. 11/07) and Tales from Outer Suburbia (rev. 3/09). In "The Red Tree," a young girl moves listlessly through her day with a sense of dreadful ennui that escalates with each page turn ("darkness overcomes you / nobody understands / the world is a deaf machine / without sense or reason") until finally finding some hope at the end. In "The Lost Thing," a young boy discovers a most peculiar object and dutifully tries to find a proper home for it, at first proclaiming there isn't a moral to the bizarre story, but then realizing that "maybe there aren't many lost things around anymore. Or maybe I've just stopped noticing them. Too busy doing other stuff, I guess." Finally, "The Rabbits" (with a text by John Marsden) is a colonization fable, as rabbits invade and populate a new land, overwhelming the native animal population and severely altering the landscape. It ends with the plaintive plea, "Who will save us from the rabbits?" Since something in each story is both lost and found, the title perfectly captures the thematic connection. And Tan's superb artwork -- quirky, surreal, paradoxically inviting and alienating -- is tailored to each story without any loss of his signature style. jonathan hunt Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 March #2)

There isn't really a bad time to win an Academy Award, but Shaun Tan's timing is impeccable. His animated short film, The Lost Thing, picked up an Oscar just as the book upon which it was based returns to print in this collection. The three stories within—The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and The Rabbits—were previously published (separately) in Australia and made available in the U.S. by Simply Read Books (PW gave starred reviews to all three stories). This compilation also incorporates new background and notes on each from Tan (and, for The Rabbits, from John Marsden, the author of that story). With glowing critical receptions for The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia, Tan's career had already been ascendant before his Oscar night success, and this offering should only further raise his profile. All ages. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 April)

Gr 4 Up—Three previously published stories collected into one volume, all illustrated by the amazing Tan. "The Red Tree" follows a solitary girl through a single, not very good day, exploring her feelings as they shift from disappointment and confusion to alienation and despair. The spare, lyrical text provides an anchor for Tan's large, moody, beautiful paintings. "The Lost Thing" is a more upbeat tale of a boy who discovers an unusual object and then must decide what to do with it. Freedom and imagination are the themes in this story, and here the art includes fascinating and sometimes humorous bits of technical drawings. The prose of John Marsden's "The Rabbits," an allegory about imperialism, is so simple and melodic that it verges on poetry. The artist emphasizes the invasive foreignness of the rabbits by dressing them in baroque uniforms, drawing mystifying, gigantic machines and buildings for them to build and deploy in their inexorable drive to dominate. It's like The War of the Worlds enacted by terrestrial mammals. The largeness of the landscapes and the scarcity of text in these stories give readers' own imaginations room to stretch—they are undeniably strange, emotionally diverse, and unsettling. Certain kids will return to this book again and again.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

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