Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Shaun Tan

 I was happy to receive the news today that the wonderful Shaun Tan 
is the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2011

I remember the emotion when I first met him through The Red Tree
at a Bologna book fair a few years ago

The jury’s citation reads as follows:
Shaun Tan is a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities 
for picture books. His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing 
is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are 
fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone, regardless of age.
 Behind a wealth of minutely detailed pictures, where civilization 
is criticized and history depicted through symbolism, there is a palpable warmth. 
People are always present, and Shaun Tan portrays both our searching and our alienation. 
He combines brilliant, magical narrative skill with deep humanism.
ilustrations from Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008) thanks to Drawn

Tan, born in 1974, has already received a number of literary awards, 
including the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 2009 for Tales from Outer Suburbia 
and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books award in 2007 for The Arrival.

 The Arrival (2006)

 At this year’s Academy Awards, Shaun won the Oscar for best animated short film 
for The Lost Thing, based on his book of the same title.

 Flinch cover art

See you soon!


  1. This is such beautiful work, thanks for sharing:)

  2. Oh!!! So magical...what a tender genius Shaun tan is....you just introduced me to him for the first time, and I am already researching for a full blog post. I will alert you when I finish it. Can't wait to send it along to my friends with kids, and my one friend who is a fantasy writer too.

  3. The Shawn Tan post is up on my blog for today with a mention to Animalarium.
    Thank you for you,

  4. Yip. Amazing! True creativity is rare and someone like Tan, whose work is both beautiful and thought-provoking, deserves all the recognition he gets. I love the fact that he received the Astrid Lindgren - Lindgren's children's books were some of my favourite as a child!

  5. je suis impressionnée par ces univers, je découvre cet artiste et je vous remercie. J'ai visité son site et je vais partager quelques images via ma page. Bonne journée

  6. This guy signed a sketchbook for me. He's awesome.

  7. Ritengo che Shaun Tan sia semplicemente un genio ...
    complimenti per il tuo blog.. EW



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