- Gebundene Ausgabe: 96 Seiten
- Verlag: Allen & Unwin Children's Books (1. Juni 2008)
- ISBN-10: 1741149177
- ISBN-13: 978-1741149173
- Verpackungsabmessungen: 24,2 x 18,6 x 1,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 6 Kundenrezensionen
Tales from Outer Suburbia Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Juni 2008
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The term 'suburbia' may conjure visions of vast and generic sameness, but in his hypnotic collection of 15 short stories and meditations, Tan does for the sprawling landscape what he did for the metropolis in The Arrival. Here the emotional can be manifest physically ... and the familiar is twisted unsettlingly. Ideas and imagery both beautiful and disturbing will linger. * Publishers Weekly * 'Tales of Outer Suburbia' transforms the realms of the everyday into the extraordinary. At points abstract and sometimes surreal, the short stories and fine art evoke childhood environs that are familiar but where emotion and experience is distorted. Reassessing the parameters of childhood and of the worlds children inhabit, this is a book that will be read and returned to time and again. -- Jake Hope * The Bookseller * This beautifully illustrated book takes a quirky look at some of the mysteries of urban life. Once you start reading it's very hard to stop reading more of these short stories filled with darkness and delight. -- Julia Eccleshare * Lovereading4Kids * Yet another masterpiece from the creator of the extraordinary The Arrival. You only have to peruse the cover to know that you are going to be in for a strange and wonderful trip through the more esoteric parts of this most accomplished of author/artist's imagination. Readers will find out why dogs bark in the middle of the night, and uncover the other mysteries of everyday life. * The Children's Bookseller * This collection of stories is a work of art. The illustrations include etchings, woodcuts, collages, pastels, lithographs and paint, and are variously indebted to, among others, comic strips, Edward Hopper and Samuel Palmer. The images draw the viewer through street scenes and strange landscapes. Some of the stories are told partly or entirely in pictures, expressing ideas that make words seem inadequate. Meanwhile, the text relates surreal, lyrical, witty tales of exceptional events set in ordinary life: an attic leads to a mysterious garden in the middle of a house; two squabbling brothers go exploring to prove or disprove a bet that the world ends where the street map does - only to reach a final chasm that they can hang their legs over; and in one satirical gem, every household has its own intercontinental ballistic missile in the back yard. -- Nicolette Jones * Sunday Times * This is a stunningly illustrated collection of quirky short stories from an award winning author. Featuring homemade pets, dangerous weddings and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight. Tales from Outer Suburbia is a truly beautiful book. * Mums and Dads magazine * Although a relative newcomer to picturebook creation, Shaun Tan has established himself as a leading practitioner. In Tales from Outer Suburbia he again offers something different from his earlier work, although not unexpectedly perhaps, given the directions we have seen him taking. .... Each of the stories brings something of a narrative jolt for the reader and each page turn carries a visual surprise - think Raymond Carver meets Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected undercut with a bit of The Far Side. The book itself is a superb artefact: the cover nudges at a sense that all is not predictable within, the endpapers are full of drawings from Tan's sketch book, the contents are displayed in the form of postage stamps. Every home, in suburbia and elsewhere, should have one of these. * Inis - The Children's Books Ireland Magazine * This may be the most beautiful book you'll see all year. It's an illustrated collection of stories set in the Australian suburbs, about how the fantastic keeps erupting into the most mundane daily lives. Once you've read it, you may find yourself feeling as though an exchange student from another planet has dropped by and left a glowing matchbox garden in your kitchen cupboard. * The Guardian * "This is a book to treasure, with more to discover on each re-reading". * Book Trust * "Dip into this anywhere and you will come up with a gem. This is a truly unique book". * 2010 UKLA Children's Book Awards - Special commendation * "The images and stories in Shaun Tan's Tales from Outer Suburbia have stayed in my mind all year. These surreal, witty tales (accompanied by astonishingly skilled illustrations) imagine intercontinental missiles in back yards, and a garden reached through an attic." * Sunday Times Children's Books * "...Is an uncategorisable one-off by the unique and weirdly talented Australian Illustrator Shaun Tan. He has always had an eye for the misplaced, bizarre side of life...And in this strange, marvellous bewildering book, he recovers surreal memories of childhood..." -- Kate Kellaway * The Observer * Shaun Tan's new work of fourteen generously illustrated short stories is elegant and accomplished with delight in the detail. It's designed to engage, entertain, intrigue, mystify his reader-viewers, and get them thinking creatively. He leaves space for them in which to ponder on the satire, irony, fantasy, humour to appreciate the moral tale, and tolerate the open ending. There is dark account about government imposed social repression and a delightfully subversive role too, which is a triumph of the imagination over beaurocracy. In illustrative terms there are many styles to wonder at: fine line drawing with tonal modelling, the painterly dip and glide of the loaded brush, tactile expressionist mark-making, scraper board excavations as well as collage assemblages, newsprint, trompe l'oeil foolery. Gentle frescoing, and idiosyncratic cartooning. Colour ranges form monochrome to rainbow, muted to vibrant. As for the themes, Tan is encouraging his audience to see the familiar through fresh eyes, take a delight in everyday objects, wonder at the restorative power of love, discover about life for oneself, accept a challenge, and exercise the gift of imagination. Just looking at the endpapers should get children reaching for their storytelling materials. -- Jane Doonan * The SL * "renowned for his illustrations, Tan experiments creatively with the presentation of his stories by making interesting use of multimodality. This unique collection of tales will certainly invite children back to enjoy reading them time and again." -- Kerenza Ghosh * The Reading Zone website * "... an exceptionally powerful collection of short stories with astonishing illustrations for older readers. Mysterious and sophisticated, Tan delves deep into the psyche of suburbia for his unforgettably beautiful tales." * The Telegraph * "stunningly original" ... most illustrations in books are reactions to the text, but here the picture inspire the stories. They are all strange and beautiful." -- Anthony Browne * The Guardian * --This text refers to an alternate Gebundene Ausgabe edition.
Do you remember the water buffalo at the end of our street, or the deep-sea diver we found near the underpass? Do you know why dogs bark in the middle of the night?A new picture book from the international award-winning illustrator Shaun Tan, "Tales from Outer Suburbia" is a unique and inspiring collection of original stories and illustrations.Shaun Tan, creator of "The Arrival", "The Lost Thing" and "The Red Tree", reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight! --This text refers to an alternate Gebundene Ausgabe edition.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Shawn Tan has a knack of storytelling mixing illustrations and words. He would sometimes end a story arc with a two page illustration to bring the story in full effect. For example, in the story called Grandpa's Story, there will be pages of single panels to show his Scavenger Hunt journey before he can marry. In another story Distant Rain, it was told in the form of a newspaper print.
The stories are really surreal and imaginative. Two things come to my mind when reading are Roald Dahl and Big Fish the movie. All great works of surrealism. Anyone who likes the two should like this book.
This should be 4 stars but rated 5 by mistake.
There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
Ganz ähnlich, gottlob! Der Australier ist nämlich tatsächlich nicht nur ein wunderbarer, sanft fantastisch-surrealistischer Maler, sondern auch ein ganz beeindruckender Erzähler. Und obwohl man bei den "Tales from Outer Suburbia" zunächst das Gefühl hat, man lese hier Geschichten für Kinder, wird man das Gefühl nicht los, dass oft auch ein tieferer Sinn in den Kurzgeschichten verborgen ist. In jedem Fall zeigt sich hier eine ganz erstaunliche Emotionstiefe, und zuweilen sogar Gesellschaftskritik. Shaun Tan benötigt hierfür keine "Charaktere" im herkömmlichen Sinn; er erzählt von "unserer Familie", "der Nachbarschaft", "der Frau von nebenan" oder von "mir und meinem Bruder". Namen vergibt er selten, Eigenschaften auch nur punktuell, selbst Orte spezifiziert er nur ungern. Die meisten Geschichten könnten einfach nur irgendwo in Australien spielen. Dass Shaun Tan es dennoch schafft, Gefühle für seine Protagonisten zu wecken und ihnen eine "Seele" zu geben, ist eine wirklich große Errungenschaft. Er verbindet seine fantastischen Elemente so überzeugend mit dem alltäglichen Leben, dass man fast glauben könnte, auch am Ende der eigenen Straße hätte es einmal einen alten, weisen Wasserbüffel gegeben. Shaun Tans Schöpfungskraft versetzt einen dauerhaft in Erstaunen; bereits die vielen, vielen kleinen Zeichnungen auf der Innenseite des Einbands zeugen von ungeheurer Kreativität.
Nach diesem Autor werde ich in Zukunft weiter die Augen offen halten - auf seine nächsten Projekte bin ich sehr gespannt!
Not only are readers presented with tales inspired by humor and often bizarre events, but they are also treated to unique, eye-catching artwork with each story. One story, titled "Stick Figures," asks readers to imagine twig-like creatures that roam the neighborhoods. Their stick bodies and sod heads are magical and mysterious.
"Eric" is a foreign exchange student like no other you can imagine. His view of our world and the things he takes from it will make readers look more closely at the little things in their everyday lives.
"Distant Rain" is created on bits and scraps of paper. It presents the idea that all the snippets, phrases, and sound bytes people encounter daily might all blend together in a massive ball like bits and pieces of poetry. "A vast accumulation of papery bits that ultimately takes to the air, levitating by the sheer force of so much unspoken emotion" will have readers appreciating the written and spoken word on a whole new level.
My favorite of the stories is "Alert but Not Alarmed." Here readers are asked to visualize a neighborhood where every backyard includes a huge "intercontinental ballistic missile." Placed there by the government, these missiles are at the ready to protect the neighborhoods from harm. As the years go by and the missiles remain unfired, people begin to develop their own unique ways to utilize each missile. Their protection changes from objects of deadly force and destruction to objects of art and usefulness.
Author Shaun Tan provides entertainment and a good deal of food for thought in TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA. It is an excellent source of creative writing ideas and genre variety to be used with students of just about any age.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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