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Lost and Found, Volume 3 (Lost and Found Omnibus) [Hardcover]

Shaun Tan
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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545229243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545229241
  • Product Dimensions: 29.3 x 22.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits , The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia.

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Lost and Found, Volume 3 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. Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaun Tan - Artist or brilliant illustrator? 12 Mar 2011
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Shaun Tan is sometimes thought of as a writer of books for children but he also addresses many issues for adults. Lost and Found Three contains his best known works in one hardback volume. The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and John Marsden classic scary story The Rabbits are all extended from the original separate soft back publications. The artwork of Shaun Tan is excellent and hugely imaginative. A DVD (from Australia) is available of The Lost Thing and I believe it won an Oscar for best short animated film. As a 'graphic novel' it is certainly my number one, along with The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia, two other excellent books by Shaun Tan. 'So you want to hear a story' says the guy working tirelessly on his bottle top collection, then get this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 fantastic books 15 Aug 2013
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the only reason i'm not giving this volume 5 stars is because of the 'gutter' between pages, which sometimes means that (since the book does not open flat) you miss some of the picture in the middle if it's a double-spread.

having said that, these are 3 amazing books in one volume, to be enjoyed by child and/or adult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more Shaun Tan 1 July 2011
By mauro
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What can I say, it's a Shaun Tan piece of art in form of a book.
Buy it - read it - keep reading it…
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic artwork and wonderful stories for both adults and kids 28 Mar 2011
By K. Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
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Previously I have read The Arrival by Shaun Tan I was amazed by both the artwork and the depth of the story in that book. So when I was offered Lost and Found through the Amazon Vine program I was super excited to read it. This is a fantastic book; it appeals to both kids and adults, contains stories accessable on many levels, and has just absolutely enchanting artwork.

This book consists of three stories. The first is The Red Tree which tells the story of a young girl dealing with troubles only to find hope at the end of her trials. The second is The Lost Thing which tells of a boy who finds a Lost Thing on the beach and tries to find a place where it belongs. The third is written by John Marsden and is called The Rabbits. This is a story about white rabbits who take over a world and eventually destroy it.

All of the stories have the story itself and then a deeper meaning as well. My son who is four years old enjoyed The Lost Thing the most; he was fascinated with the strangeness of the Lost Thing and was interested in the idea of finding strange things that don't belong in the world. This story will also touch a chord with adults as it addresses the idea that as you get older you see less of wonder and strangeness in the world. My favorite was the Red Tree; I loved the complex art work in this one and the depth of the story despite it being very sparse on words.

The artwork is fantastic. Again the Lost Thing has the type of artwork that I most associate with Shaun Tan; pictures of strange fantastical beings that are part fantasy, part machine, and part sci-fi. I love Shaun Tan's art; you can look at these pictures for a long amount of time and continually see new things...they are complex and fascinating. There is definitely a bit of steampunk theme throughout; the stories are a bit darker and feature beings made of both monstrous and mechanical parts meshed together.

Overall this is just and absolutely stellar book. I really enjoyed it and my son did as well. Wonderful stories that are accessible at different levels and mean different things to children and adults, complex and fantastical artwork, this was just a super interesting book. I can't wait to see what Tan comes up with next.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embracing Imagination - Teachers Take Notice 28 Mar 2011
By J. A. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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An ultra-imaginative picture book containing three very different stories for "kids" of all ages, with over 100 of Shaun Tan's colorful, surreal and sometimes phantasmagorical paintings and illustrations.

"The Red Tree," written and illustrated by Tan features a red-haired girl who lets her imagination run wild with awful thoughts, expressed by Tan as fantastic, detailed surrealistic cartoons, all but three of which are rendered in somber colors. The girl's mood is dark until she emerges from her ennui when she sees a little red bud which develops into a full-grown, brilliant tree.

Full-page and double-page spreads of Tan's artwork featured between the stories would look wonderful matted and framed, hanging on a wall. I especially liked the reproduction of his 77 bottle caps assemblage with a sepia physics cartoon as a base. Each of the 7x11 bottle caps is illustrated with a math or physics equation, directional symbols, words or sentence fragments and one painting. There is also an alluring scene of long-legged black and white birds standing in blue pond.

My favorite of the three, "The Lost Thing," written by Tan and jam-packed with his wondrous illustrations, is about a boy who finds a weird creature and takes it home with him. The story unfolds as the boy tries to help The Lost Thing find the place where it belongs. Humorous storyline and art are underscored by droll mechanical drawings in sepia tones. One particular painting toward the end of this story ("what seemed to be the right place" for The Lost Thing) emerges as a work of pure genius, combining elements and inspiration from art as diverse as Hieronymus Bosch to Joan Miro, Salvador Dali to Giorgio de Chirico to Marcel Duchamp.

"The Rabbits," written by John Marsden, and illustrated with diverse art by Tan is about rabbits who came, saw and conquered a continent, possibly Australia. The rabbits are strange, anthropomorphized, trussed in formal clothing and French military uniforms. They have peculiar ears. And their reproduction is way out of control.

The entire book is very stimulating for anyone who appreciates art and ideas presented with imagination, skill and humor. It brings to mind Einstein's phrase, "...imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."

This book should be in every school library as a readily available resource for students of art and writing, in particular, as a source of inspiration. And it should be in every classroom as a source of pure enjoyment and discourse for all students.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Mesmerizing 24 Mar 2011
By Arwen - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a darkness to this children's book. Suggested for ages 10 and up, I think it is a book many adults will want to examine as well. The words remind me a bit of Shel Silverstein's voice--from his ABZ's book, really.

In "The Lost Thing" the backdrop to the melancholy tale has a steampunk feel to it. Mechanical gadgets, strange buildings and seemingly unfeeling people populate this world. This was my favorite of the three stories. I think tweens will identify with the young man who isn't listened to but sees things others do not. It's a reminder to stay observant and not get too self-focused.

The opening story didn't work as well for me simply because it seemed far too heavy on the gloomy. This one had more of a Gothic overtone to me with dark leaves dotting the opening pictures. Throughout this story, really pay attention to what is happening in the pictures.

And then the illustration of "The Rabbits" by Robert Marsden is brilliant. It would make a very good teaching tool to talk about colonization and aboriginal peoples' losses. It is sad and unflinchingly honest.

The theme of lost and found in this book is well established. Sadly, I feel that there was more lost than found overall. This is a book I will return to again. It leaves an indelible mark on you the moment you open it.

Visually, it's stunning. The graphic novel feel will appeal to many young readers who may appreciate the visual affect. I recommend this book to anyone who has an intelligent, seeking child. You won't be disappointed.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend AGAINST this as a child's book 24 Nov 2012
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a collection of three small graphic stories by Shaun Tan. The artwork is fascinatingly surrealistic, definitely showing the influence that such works as Yellow Submarine had on him. As a work of art, the book is a triumph.

On the other hand, the book seems to be defined as a book for young readers, which I heartily disagree with. Containing such text as "Darkness overcomes you" and [the rabbits] "stole our children," I really do think that this book deals with ideas that are beyond a child's ability to understand and deal with.

No, I think that this is a good book for mature people to think about and talk about, but I did not share it with my young reader. I want my child to deal with possibilities and making the world a better place, not with nihilism and depression. I highly recommend AGAINST this as a child's book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Art, Stories Need Some Review 22 April 2011
By B. McGregor - Published on Amazon.com
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The Lost Thing
The artwork of Shawn Tan is great. Whatever illustrations the story needed he was able to provide with intricate detail. Visually, the book is a pleasure to just leaf through. I would recommend the artwork alone. The narrative is a bit more challenging. This is a difficult thing to review because there are actually three non related stories that deserve a review of their own. I happen to have a 10yr. old that was happy to help out as well.

The Red Tree: A rather dismal story of a girl who is confronted with the dark and gloomy world around her. As she is plunged deeper into the despair of a meaningless life, the text becomes agitated itself. It swirls like voices around the page, some loud and some that trail off. Troubles surround her in a sea of anguish. She struggles to find any meaning in her life. When all seems lost, she finds the red tree and the world makes sense. To her at least.

Lost Thing: An amusing story that hints of steam-punk, where an odd creature that seems to be a living machine, is seeking to find a place where it belongs. All in all this is the best of the three. It still has a bleakness that pervades the book, but the quirkiness seem to give it life. The stereotypes are amusing and look strangely oriental. Not sure if that was intentional. The Salvador Dali-esque panel at the end was fun to just drink in the absurdity. Cool story.

The Rabbits: Or, how British Colonialism displaced aboriginal tribes. Adult theme that does not belong in a 4th grader's book. The subject matter itself cannot be reduced to bumper sticker propaganda, and why expose children to politically charged issues that a 10 year old child can do nothing about? The sad thing is that I wanted to review a children's book, not get roped into a political debate.
I really resent political activism disguised as children's stories. As adults we see injustice all around us and are able to gather complex information to arrive at informed opinions. It has a bully-pulpit preachieness that I did not like. This isn't the Oscars, it's a child's book. Great artwork, poor choice of subjects.

Overall, a visual treat.
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