Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Shaun Tan’s story about a man immigrating to a new land is simplistic in story, but the pictures are breathtaking. I loved how Tan uses a fantastical country with whimsical creatures to show the immigration process. The world seems familiar, but the creatures, the foods, the writing throws what we know in a tizzy. We follow the main character as he puzzles out his apartment, tries to find a job, and meet others who are helping him to adjust. The drawings in this is detailed, gorgeous and deliberate. Not a single picture is wasteful. A page filled with nothing but clouds is beautiful, but also shows the passage of time.
This is something I want to get for my missionary inlaws. I think they’ll find it beautiful. Five fantastical pets out of five.
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