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The Arrival

Written by Shaun Tan

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. 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. Sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. It has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide. An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one. - The Times It will fascinate and occupy adults and children alike. - The Observer Shaun Tan is an internationally and critically acclaimed prize winning author/ illustrator. Amongst others, he has won the Astrid Lindgren prize, the Crichton Award, the World Fantasy Best Artist Award and was the first BAME author to win the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2020. Read more about The Arrival at Find out more about Shaun Tan at

The Arrival Press Reviews

All ages respond to this moving picture book, a moving tribute to displaced people. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) * The Sunday Times * ...a remarkable and skilful work of art. * Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times * This book should be 'read' by adults and children alike. It's astonishing. * Marilyn Brocklehurst, Norfolk Children's Book Centre * With this haunting, wordless sequence about a lonely emigrant in a bewildering city, Tan ... finds in the graphic novel format an ideal outlet for his sublime imagination.... few will remain unaffected by this timeless stunner. * Publishers Weekly * Filled with both subtlety and grandeur, the book is a unique work that not only fulfills but also expands the potential of its form. * Booklist * unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect. * Kirkus Reviews * Tan's lovingly laid out and masterfully rendered tale about the immigrant experience is a documentary magically told by way of Surrealism. * Art Spiegelman, author of Maus: A Survivor's Tale * The Arrival is an absolute wonder. It's not often you see art of this quality, or a book that's so brave. * Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis and Embroideries * Shaun Tan delivers a shockingly imaginative graphic novel that captures the sense of adventure and wonder that surrounds a new arrival on the shores of a shining new city... The Arrival is one of the best graphic novels of the year! * Jeff Smith, author of Bone * Entirely wordless, but brimming with sounds and conversations in foreign tongues, Shaun Tan's book emanates the warmth of faded photographs... * Craig Thompson, author of Blankets * The Arrival is beautiful... The drawings are just so lovely, endlessly detailed and wonderfully strange. And the design of the book, with it's wrinkled pages and stains and broken leather is marvellous. * Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret * Anyone who thinks that the graphic novel is no more than a flash-in-the-pan phenomenon, ought to take a look at The Arrival. This magnificent work not only establishes itself in a major new literary genre but raises the stakes for anyone seriously considering working in it. * David Small, Caldecott Medalist for So You Want To Be President? * Shaun Tan's artwork creates a fantastical, hauntingly familiar atmosphere. A strange, moving, and beautiful story. * Jon J Muth, author of Zen Shorts and illustrator of Sandman * Shaun Tan's The Arrival may be the most brilliant book of the year' * School Library journal * This book should be 'read' by adults and children alike. It's astonishing. * Bookseller * It will fascinate and occupy adults and children alike * The Observer * A powerful, at times harrowing read, Tan's creation is a major achievement. * Books for Keeps * The reader's experience, as he or she tries to make sense of the unfamiliar scenes and strange images, parallels that of the emigrant, striving to understand without the aid of language. This extraordinarily accomplished pieces of storytelling can be read and understood on many different levels. * The Guardian * The surreal, sepia illustrations in th is remarkable book invite repeated study. Strangely beautiful and frightening, you can spend hours searching for hidden meanings and extra stories. * Carousel * A true marvel on any bookshelf, a unique piece of at and a beautifully told story. * School Librarian * 'a brilliant wordless story of a migrant arriving in a strange, indecipherable city.' * Anthony Browne, The Telegraph * Sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one. * The Times * 'Tan delineates the strange, sad experience of immigration in stunning, sepia-toned, exquisitely detailed, wordless panels. An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one.' * The Times 100 Best Books of the Decade -at 35 * Stunning illustrations... poignant and atmospheric. * Observer * A wordless work of art. * Sunday Express (Cressida Cowell) * This book soars as it reflects all of our beginnings. -- Fran Knight * ReadPlus *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340969939
Publication date: 15th November 2007
Author: Shaun Tan
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages

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 in Melbourne. Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and ...

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