Written by Shaun Tan
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Exquisitely packaged, this is a beautiful, lyrically written and illustrated fable about cultural differences and how we deal with them. Eric comes on a foreign exchange. The narrator is excited that he is coming but then confused by Eric’s responses to things. What is interesting for him? Is he having a good time? How does he see us? All is made clear when the visitor suddenly goes leaving behind an interesting and surprising legacy.
Eric by Shaun Tan
The story of Eric is the taken from the bestselling Tales from Outer Suburbia. Eric is the strangest, most curious foreign exchange student ever known who has a fascination with small discarded things that he finds on the ground. But it is only after he has left that the family find a truly wonderful surprise in their pantry. This little book is a perfectly formed gem that illustrates Shaun Tan’s skill as both an illustrator and storyteller.
Praise for Shaun Tan:
“stunningly original … most illustrations in books are reactions to the text, but here the pictures inspire the stories. They are all strange and beautiful.” Anthony Browne, Children’s Laureate
“Tan’s writing is as beautiful as his art and his mind produces ideas and images as if from a sea of magic.” Neel Mukerjee, The Times
“He has always had an eye for the misplaced, bizarre side of life.” Kate Kellaway, The Observer
About the Author
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1st May 2010
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