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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.
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
“Mysterious and sophisticated” The Telegraph
“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
|Publication date:||1st May 2010|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical|
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 ...More About Shaun Tan
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