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The Arrival

Average rating
4 out of 5
Based on 19,651 Ratings and 2,164 Reviews

Book Description
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 BoneMore
Book Information
PublisherArthur A. Levine
BindingHardcover (7 editions)
Reading LevelAges 9-12
# of Pages128
ISBN-100439895294
ISBN-13978-0439895293
Publication Date10/01/2007
The Creators
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About Shaun Tan (Author) : Shaun Tan grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He grad... more
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8/26/2010 Emily Grandin tagged as: I recommend, I read

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3/18/2010 Will Strong said: Beautifully surreal and subtle all at the same time.

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6/14/2009 Laura J. Holman said: Not a word in sight but the illustrations say it all. My son "read" it to me without missing a beat.

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1/30/2009 Mike Brodie said: Everyone should have a chance to look at Shaun Tan's work. Can't find anything like it anywhere. but in the books of course.

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10/28/2008 Nick Harris said: Wonderful, magical use of imagery to tell a tale of the strangeness of a new country to you.
tags: I recommend

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9/26/2008 celia Leary said: Totally stunning wordless book on immigration.
tags: Inspired me, I recommend, I read

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8/23/2008 Mira Bartok said: The best graphic novel I've seen in years. A great inspiration!
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5/20/2008 Paul Coomey said: just brilliant
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2/26/2008 Lynndy Bennett said: Magnificent! One of my favourite books of all time, encompassing so much about people, and life. This transcends age, cultural background, language, place and beliefs. A wordless masterpiece of heartbreaking eloquence.
tags: I recommend, Inspired me, I read

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1/24/2008 Courtney Autumn Martin said: My absolute favorite picture book of all time. An amazing visual achievement by Mr. Tan, and a stunning exploration and metaphorical commentary on the immigrant experience.
tags: Inspired me

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11/17/2007 Andy J Smith said:
An amazing work of tireless illustration coiled around an eerily ethereal story of oppression, immigration, and hope. At once familiar and fantastical, as if it is set in a parallel universe where Ellis Island is more like Ellis Planet. This is a brilliant, wordless YA graphic novel which at times... more

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7/28/2007 Liz Jones tagged as: Inspired me

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