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Tales From Outer Suburbia

Tan, Shaun

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Tales From Outer Suburbia
Fifteen illustrated short stories, some humorous and some haunting, set in the Australian suburbs.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2008
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780545055871
Branch Call Number: YA TAN
Characteristics: 92 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm


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"A lot of different words could be used to describe this book: somber, mysteriously peculiar, beautiful, magical, weird, wonderful. Amazing, offbeat illustrations bring these 15 stories to life, taking ordinary settings in the 'burbs and mixing fantasy and enchantment into them. Dreamers, artists, and others who like to use their imaginations will love the strange (and yet oddly familiar) worlds that Australian author and artist Shaun Tan creates in Tales from Outer Suburbia." Teen Scene December 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/c784f5e0-f60e-4de8-b886-48d6ca19c407?postId=fc06c11e-c513-43b4-9c4c-2c58d7550540

Jun 06, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is an odd little book. The illustrations remind me of some of Jon Scieszka's artwork and those compliment the odd little stories really well. We have a tale about a water buffalo who gives directions, a diver who appears to a mean old neighbourhood lady known only as Mrs. Bad News, brothers exploring whether or not the world keeps going where their maps ends, and other odd little adventures that any neighbourhood (suburban or not) probably has. It didn't quite resonate with me the way I was expecting it to but the artwork - and a tale told through scraps of paper - is worth a peek.

Oct 02, 2012
  • mgreen1989 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book not expecting to get much out of it. I was wrong this is one of the best books i've read in a long time.
I would recomend this book to any one wanting to read a short but great book.

May 10, 2011
  • Canine_sCompanion rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stories that make put you into thoughts of wonder. Quirky - my love also picked it up and enjoyed it. Not an easy read for children but maybe teens

May 03, 2011
  • jeannep rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A collection of stories and artwork that is amazingly heartwarming.


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Oct 02, 2012
  • mgreen1989 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

mgreen1989 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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