Eric Hardcover – 1 May 2010
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Taken from Shaun Tan's superb collection of short stories ... Eric stands out as a rare thing. ... Perfectly paced with the narrative moving effortlessly from words to pictures, this is a rare and beautifully realised story with strong crossover appeal." Blackwells "Shaun Tan's Eric was originally published in a wonderful and bizarre story collection called Tales from Outer Surburbia and this is the best of the 15 stories. The everyday mundane world of urban life is brought into focus when a foreign exchange student comes to visit. While the text intimates a gentle lack of understanding of this foreigner by the narrator, the pictures emphasise the difference in culture and experience between the host and his quirky and delightful visitor. This is a lovely little book." -- Marilyn Brocklehurst Norfolk Children's Book Centre In contrast, my second choice is a small, exquisite picture book, Eric by Shaun Tan (Templar). This is the tale of a strange foreign exchange student, told from the point of view of the host family. Eric is drawn as a tiny, shadowy figure living in a world of giants. The narrator hints at the "cultural things" that divide them. This is a true picture book in that the illustrations tell as much as the words do, and is that relatively rare thing: a picture book appealing equally to both adults and children. -- Anthony Browne The Guardian "an absolutely delightful little book ... such a lovely story. The beautiful illustrations encouraged my children to truly engage with the story and talk about what might be happening and what would happen next". Bestbear.co.uk
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a really beautiful book with a very special ending (do not skip ahead or flick through from the end!!!). The story of Eric is part of Shaun Tan's Tales of Outer Suburbia - its complete in there. But it works wonderfully in its own little book.
This would make a lovely gift. It's guaranteed to raise a little smile!!!
"It must be a cultural thing"
Really lovely story, with lots of wonderful pencil drawings,..
Do buy Eric, you won't be disappointed
One to Love, Keep and Treasure!
PS.. Can I give this 10 stars :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful book to cherish, buy it for a loved one. Along time admirer of Shaun Tan's work, the drawings are rich and full of detail and emotion….Published 5 months ago by GWatts
I read this book at school and fell in love with it. It is a cute story about a foreign exchange student who comes to stay, and leaves the family with a little gift. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is such a beauty of a book. The ending is unexpected and grips you for all the right reasons. This sound make a wonderful animation. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sophie
Great little book with excellent illustrations. Shaun Tan is a genius and he's the author and illustrator for several wonderful books including "The Arrival". Read morePublished 12 months ago by CarolOgi
This is a mini size book, which was out of my expectation. It would have been more helpful if the seller could have indicated the size of the book. Other than that, no complains. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Smellyfly
I loved this small book. The pencils drawings were great. Eric was a strange creature who went to stay on an exchange visit with a family. Read morePublished 18 months ago by rainbird
I am a collector of certain types of illustrators of childrens books. A sweet Little book, i do not consider outstandingPublished 18 months ago by Amelias Bookshelf.