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The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Arrival (2006)

by Shaun Tan

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Lovely and elegant. ( )
  mckCave7 | Apr 27, 2017 |
Impressive illustrations that show multiple actions of various immigrants with beautifully drawn emotion and sometimes fantastical creatures and settings. ( )
  AngelaKastrava | Apr 26, 2017 |
It is a good fantacy book in pen and ink because it creats a believable world and it makes people think. A man prepares to leave his family for a new world. Tearfully they let him go as he boards a ship for another land. Once he arrives, however, he finds himself at a loss. Everything from the language to the buildings to the birds is strange here. The reader of this book sympathizes easily with the man since author/illustrator Shaun Tan has created a world that is just as odd to us as it is to our protagonist. Appliances consist of confusing pulls and toggles. People live and work in plate and cone-shaped structures, traveling via dirigibles and strange ship-shaped machinations of flight. As the man proceeds to discover how to find lodging, food, and work, he meets other immigrants who tell their own stories of hardship and escape. Through all this, our man grows richer for his experiences and even grows to love the odd little white-legged cat-sized tadpole creature that follows him everywhere. By the end, his family has arrived as well and the last image in the book is of his daughter as she helps another immigrant get directions in this dazzling and magnificent city. ( )
  SSilvia | Apr 10, 2017 |
This book was very interesting as it was made with only pictures in a comic strip type layout. The story talks about a man who moves from his homeland and moves to a new country where he tries to find a job and create a new life for himself and still think about his family and try to bring them to this new country with him. This book is a fantasy since the lands in the book do not exist and the creatures in the book are very artfully drawn and creative but are also fictional creatures. This book could be used for any age as it uses the reader's imagination to interpret it and uses only pictures so there are no words to hinder comprehension. It can be used as a creative and visual explanation of what it is like to move to a new country and try to fit in and meet people while not speaking the language. This book does not say what the illustrations are but they all look like old drawn photographs like the ones in "The invention of Hugo Cabret." They are most likely made from pencils, chalk, oil pastels, and ink. I would use this book for conversation starters about immigration and if you can glean the situation from the first two parts of the story. I would ask them how they interpret the story and the ending and how they would add words to it. I could ask them to write a sentence per page describing what happens. ( )
  hdalesky15 | Apr 10, 2017 |
Summary- I honestly could not summarize this story. It was about a family that the father went away but monsters are everywhere. He travels and always remembers his family and in the end he gets reunited with his family.

Critique of Genre- Modern Fantasy because all the imaginative monsters.

Ages- This would be for older students.

Media- Pencils and Watercolors. ( )
  DRhodes02 | Apr 2, 2017 |
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This is a gorgeous graphic novel that embodies the immigrant experience. Because there are no words, the reader can decode the meaning for themselves. When the main character travels to a new land, he is faced with an alien environment. The surreal pictures make it so the environment doesn't look like any particular place. As the character makes his way through the world, he is faced with strange symbols, strange creatures and strange food. Literally everything is strange to him and to the reader. Because there are no words, I took more time to look at each picture to figure out exactly what the character was going through.

This is a touching story that can be shared with readers from age 10 to adult. Schools could pair it with history lessons. Families who move to a new place could share the book with their kids. This book helps any reader understand a bit of what immigrants go through. Highly recommended
Teos on todellakin yhtä kaunis ja yhtä upeaa kuvakerrontaa kuin muistinkin. Sanoja ei tarvita, eikä niillä ole tässä tarinassakaan mitään sijaa. The Arrival kertoo aivan uskomattoman kouriintuntuvasti maahanmuutosta ja vieraan kulttuurin piirissä elämään oppimisesta.
"...Auf beeindruckende Weise gelingt es ihm, literarische Techniken wie Vor- und Rückblenden, Zeitdehnung und Zeitraffung sowie innere Monologe visuell umzusetzen. Wie seine Hauptfigur im neuen Land wird auch der Betrachter des Buches „gezwungen“, neu sehen zu lernen."
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A fabulous introduction to graphic novels for younger readers. The Arrival wordless spins the universal tale of a man leaving his country to build a better life in an unfamiliar, and sometimes confusing and scary, land.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439895294, Hardcover)

A truly remarkable work of art that is already one of the most talked-about book of the season.

"A shockingly imaginative graphic novel that captures the sense of adventure and wonder that surrounds a new arrival on the shores of a shining new city. Wordless, but with perfect narrative flow, Tan gives us a story filled with cityscapes worthy of Winsor McCay." -- Jeff Smith, author of Bone
"A magical river of strangers and their stories!" -- Craig Thompson, author of Blankets
"Magnificent." -- David Small, Caldecott Medalist

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In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.

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