Tales from Outer Suburbia
Masterfully illustrated in woodcuts, pen and ink, and oil paintings, Tales from Outer Suburbia is a must-read book, for everyone from 9 to 99. Shaun Tan, the author/illustrator of the acclaimed graphic novel, The Arrival, has created an evocative, delightful book with his short stories and stunning illustrations.
Discover what lies at the end of the map of Outer Suburbia. Have a chat with a water buffalo who lives in a vacant lot; meet an exchange student who is from another world; find out what happens to discarded poems; and enjoy a secret room that allows escape to a place of perfect beauty. In this magical place of alternative realities, you will experience outer suburbia (what a great name for it!) in joyous and imaginative ways.
Every aspect of this books design was handled with quirky charm and a sense of fun. One of the delightful qualities of the book is the imaginative cover design and the postage stamp style of the table of contents, with each postage stamp being a thumbnail of one of the illustrations within the book. Tales from Outer Suburbia is published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.
The fifteen tales are unique, related only by their suburban setting which is at once familiar and alien. After reading one, you cant help but ponder the story afterwards, savoring it like a luscious dessert. This is the kind of book you will want to read again and againand not merely read it for words alone because the pictures are extraordinary. Feast your eyes on this one!