Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.


Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008)

by Shaun Tan

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,34910912,613 (4.35)100
Fifteen illustrated short stories, some humorous and some haunting, set in the Australian suburbs.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 100 mentions

English (104)  German (2)  Danish (1)  Swedish (1)  Italian (1)  All languages (109)
Showing 1-5 of 104 (next | show all)
Shaun Tan just breaks my heart with all of his works. They're beautiful and life affirming and unsettling and hilarious and strange and truthful.

My favourite story in this "commonplace book" might be that of the two young brothers who set off across the wilds of suburbia to find where their street directory ends. Or it might be that of the strange little foreign exchange student, the size of a salt shaker, and the "cultural differences" his temporary family learn to appreciate.

Just one of many of Tan's little pieces of magic for all ages. ( )
  therebelprince | May 1, 2023 |
That was incredibly odd and supremely enjoyable -- my favorites were "Grandpa's Story" and "Sticks". Such a unique illustration style. ( )
  ACLopez6 | Feb 25, 2023 |
My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:


Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | Dec 15, 2022 |
Just as strange and wonderful as I recall.

I'm just...
Words are inadequate to describe how much I adored this treasure.
I really REALLY want my own copy.
(why oh why is the world so cruel) ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
I adore this book. It's a quick read, but so rich in illustrations and thought. ( )
  liannecollins | Jun 10, 2022 |
Showing 1-5 of 104 (next | show all)
"...Mit Geschichten aus der Vorstadt des Universums lädt Shaun Tan die Leser ein zur Begegnung mit dem Alltäglichem und mit dem Phantastischem in einer ganz eigenen fiktionalen Welt und zeigt ihnen, wie Literatur „funktioniert“. Eike Schönfeldt hat die poetische Kraft und den freundlich-optimistischen Ton von Tans Texten überzeugend ins Deutsche übertragen und uns die Erzählungen in ihrer ganzen Schönheit zugänglich gemacht."


You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Paul, (who always enjoys a good expedition) Perth, W.A.
First words
When I was a kid, there was a big water buffalo living in the vacant lot at the end of our street, the one with the grass no one ever mowed.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Fifteen illustrated short stories, some humorous and some haunting, set in the Australian suburbs.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alum

Shaun Tan's book Tales From Outer Suburbia was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Popular covers

Quick Links


Average: (4.35)
1 2
2 7
2.5 2
3 35
3.5 6
4 121
4.5 28
5 181

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 188,766,099 books! | Top bar: Always visible