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Lost Thing [Paperback]

Shaun Tan
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Book Description

20 May 2010

The Lost Things is a humorous story about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature whilst out collecting bottle-tops at the beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but the problem is met with indifference by everyone else, who barely notice it's presence. Each is unhelpful in their own way; strangers, friends, parents all unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to day-to-day life. In spite of his better judgement, the boy feels sorry for this hapless creature, and attempts to find out where it belongs.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (20 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0734411383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0734411389
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 30.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,094 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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A warm, funny read for kids, and an unexpectedly moving one for adults. (Cambridge First)

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Based on the Oscar award-winning short film, this book asks important questions: What does it mean to see things differently? What is important to notice?

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful 14 Jan 2012
By Mumsie
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This book is a must ! Don't let the picture book format fool you ; this is a book for children and adults alike. I teach 10/11 year olds and they were spellbound. There is a DVD available which is also fantastic to see as it follows the book almost exactly. I cannot praise this enough. Other teachers reading this review - I planned a week's literacy work around this and the work from the children was top quality.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do a child a favour and buy them this book! 19 Feb 2009
The Lost Thing has many qualities that are rare in books written for children:
It is clever, it is funny, it makes smart observations, it doesn't patronise, it appeals to both children & adults, it captures that feeling of what it is like to be young.

To top off the illustrations are quirky, intricate, original & cool.

Basically it is a super book & I can't recommend it enough.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully eclectic and imaginative 1 Oct 2010
By P. Rust
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Having just purchased this book I have to say that it excels in so many different areas and i was delighted upon opening my amazon parcel.

This book is a wonderful synergy of excellent production, style, poetry and artistry:
The physical construction of the book, for a paperback, is solid and wonderful to touch and oozes quality.
Stylistically the books character is consistantly eclectic and inventively playful it is a delight just to page throught the book without reading it.
The story itself is full of curious little quirks and has lovely pace and rythm.

This is a wonderful book for both children and adults alike and I would recommend it to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Thing 26 Mar 2012
By LeoFab
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I discovered this book at the Junior School where I listen to readers twice a week. It was used as the basis for a project for Years 5&6. The kids were amazed by the fantasy of it , as was I. I bought a copy of it for each of my twin granddaughters aged 11
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book, even for bystanders 31 Mar 2009
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I bought this book as a gift for special someone, and it was very well received. I could not help being intrigued,however ,and after spending 20 minutes just looking at the pictures on the inside of the cover, I was hooked.

The stories are enchanting, imaginative and I am sure equally enjoyable to adults and children alike. I will definitely buy more of Shaun Tan's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Peacock 16 May 2013
Got this for my 5 year old boy after he had read it at school and raved about it. I've been reading it every night now for about 2 months and I enjoy it just as much as he does. Brilliant book with wonderful illustrations and also great if you want to promote "different thinking" and "not getting too pre-occupied with stuff". Hopefully, my son will always look up when everyone else is looking down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool and quirky 8 Jun 2012
By JL120
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Bought this for my 5 year old son who likes his bedtimes story a bit 'quirky' - wasn't too sure what to expect but this was surprisingly good - has become a favourite which we keep coming back to. Lots of ambiguous ideas which have prompted discussions. Would recommend this book for older primary school children - well illustrated and different from the usual kids picture book (We also found an excellent 15 minute animated version of this on youtube)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The genius of Shaun Tan 19 Feb 2011
By Joeman
I recently discovered Shaun Tans work, It's brilliant and I just wish there was more of it.
The Lost Thing is just pure imagination. It shows how as adults we forget all the odd stuff around us and only see the day to day drudge. The artwork is fantastic and beautiful, all is very familliar,,, then look closer, and you see so much more.
A parfect book for Kids and Adults alike
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER!
An amzing book!
The illustrations and story are just wonderful, which my 2 & a half year old daughter loves as does my 43 year old husband ; )
Really beautiful book -... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mia Oeser-Loperena
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspirational
Gorgeous and touching as always from Shaun Tan. Beautifully interesting art work flows through out the warm and inspiring story.
Published 4 months ago by Chrissie
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing little book
Wonderfully illustrated and surreal. It was amazingly hard to find a copy so I was delighted to locate this one.
Published 4 months ago by Johanna Rae Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE
It is a very subtle book and illustrated with tons of wisdom and sensibility. A good choice for a present.
Published 5 months ago by mauro
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Teachers - I cannot recommend this book (or the film) enough. I have used it with my Year 5 class and they are absolutely captivated by it! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alison Dady
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
My daughter who is seven loves this book and the pictures in it,unusually illustrated with very bizarre creatures child reading this book at school
Published 7 months ago by wacko
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous!
Bought to use with my class and can't wait. They love anything that is a bit different! Beautiful pictures and will be a stimulus for some great writing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, Shaun Tan is awesome.
The Lost Thing is a pure Shaun Tan style story: simple, with quite weird and grey characters and landscapes, but super rich in tiny details and second meanings. Read more
Published 9 months ago by chals92
4.0 out of 5 stars Geekiness illustrated
I chose this book for my grandson (9) as he is fascinated by cartoons and drawings. The graphics and the detail are superb, lots to look at and discover. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. V. Hooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the story... love the art.
Love the story... love the art. Shaun Tan depicts worlds and creatures that you wouldn't dream of but somehow love. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. David Grimes
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