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The Arrival

Written by Shaun Tan

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

The Arrival has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place.

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Chosen by our Guest Editor June 2020, Martin Brown; "A beautiful and relevant book about trying to find safety in a new place and a new life. It’s a stunning creation full of hope and imagination - and with no words whatsoever."

The Arrival Synopsis

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.

Sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. Read more about The Arrival at www.thearrival.com.au

The Arrival Press Reviews

An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one. - The Times

It will fascinate and occupy adults and children alike. - The Observer

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ISBN: 9780734415868
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780734415868
Publication date: 2nd October 2014
Author: Shaun Tan
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic

About Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the “good drawer” which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author, concentrating mostly on writing and illustrating picture books. Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since then he has received ...

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