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Review and giveaway: Lost & Found

March 8, 2011

Lost & Found, by Shaun Tan, is a collection of three stories for middle grade readers.  These are stories of people and relationships.  There isn’t a lot of text in them, but the beautiful illustrations speak volumes of their own.  One of the stories, The Lost Thing, was made into a film and it recently won the Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated).  The stories in this book are thought provoking and relevant and can be enjoyed by middle grade readers up – as a matter of fact, I think each age group will take something different away from them.  The stories are:

  • The Red Tree – In this story a young child feels sad all day long until she finds a red tree growing in her bedroom.  It explores feelings of hopelessness and depression.
  • The Lost Thing – When a young man finds a “lost thing” at the beach one day, he takes it home only to discover that his parents won’t welcome the thing.  He searches until he finds a place where the thing can fit in.  This story explores individuality and fitting in society.
  • The Rabbits – This story was written by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan.  It tells the story of rabbits who come to a new country.  The native people don’t know what to think as the rabbits keep coming, bringing their own language and customs and eventually taking over.  Although it was written about Australia, it explores universal themes of immigration and environmental protection.

This trailer of the movie version of The Lost Thing will give you an idea of the beauty of this wonderful book:

Thanks to Scholastic Books, I have 2 copies of this book to giveaway.  To enter to win one of two copies of LOST & FOUND by Shaun Tan, simply fill out this entry form.  Contest is open for those with a US mailing address only.  I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST Friday, March 25, 2011.   Winners will be announced on Saturday, March 26, 2011.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

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  1. March 8, 2011 6:44 am

    Oh I wish I had an American address! I really admire Shaun Tan’s work. I haven’t read The Lost Thing yet, but must get to it soon.

  2. March 8, 2011 6:47 am

    I think his artwork is gorgeous and unique. In fact, I am going to see how much of his stuff my library has. April 1st is almost here.

  3. March 8, 2011 7:26 am

    The stories look fantastic – The Red Tree seems pretty timely also with all of the incidents of teen depression and suicide lately.

  4. March 8, 2011 7:35 am

    You have made me want to check out this author. I haven’t seen any of the artwork but I know you adore it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. March 8, 2011 7:41 am

    I love the art! (I checked out the link to the author’s website too).

  6. March 8, 2011 8:16 am

    Greeat review! Which was your fav?

  7. March 8, 2011 9:18 am

    What an interesting sounding book! I have never read anything by Tan though I have heard really great things. It looks like a really good read and I will be entering your giveaway!

  8. March 8, 2011 9:27 am

    I’ve only read a few Shaun Tan books, and was really wowed. The art is amazing, the stories interesting, and my whole family loved them! Even my husband admired the books and said we should have a copy just for us. so I’m glad you’re hosting the giveaway.

  9. March 8, 2011 9:52 am

    Loved your post! This sounds like it would be such a good book for my little cousins. Thanks!

  10. March 8, 2011 9:53 am

    I saw a clip of The Lost Thing at the Academy Awards and thought I had to look it up, it looked so interesting. What a great giveaway. I’m not entering to give chances to people with middle school kids. Good luck everyone.

  11. March 8, 2011 11:26 am

    The stories look great, thanks! for the giveaway.

  12. March 8, 2011 11:28 am

    I am super excited about this giveaway! I practically worship Shaun Tan, and I stood up and screamed in my living room when he won an Oscar!!! :D Thanks so much for hosting this. I love everything he’s done so far.

  13. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 8, 2011 12:04 pm

    I’m completely taken with the fabulous illustrations…such talent!

  14. March 8, 2011 12:06 pm

    I love Shaun Tan’s art and really need to pick up his books from the library. The only one I’ve read so far is the The Arrival.

  15. March 8, 2011 12:48 pm

    Hi Kathy, I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you. No need to enter me.

  16. March 8, 2011 1:39 pm

    Kathy, thank you for hosting this great giveaway!!

  17. March 8, 2011 2:20 pm

    The stories sound good…thanks for the review and for hosting a giveaway.

  18. March 8, 2011 2:36 pm

    I love Shaun Tan. I think he is super talented! Can’t wait to read this one

  19. March 8, 2011 2:55 pm

    This book sounds lovely and I enjoyed the trailer.

  20. March 8, 2011 3:30 pm

    I’ve read lots of gushy reviews of Shaun Tan’s work, so I signed up. Thanks for hosting a giveaway. It sounds marvelous!

  21. March 8, 2011 3:39 pm

    Sounds good :) And I like the artwork on that cover, very cool

  22. March 8, 2011 4:50 pm

    Sounds like a great one!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  23. Elisabeth permalink
    March 8, 2011 5:06 pm

    I am a big fan of Shaun Tan. So happy he won the Oscar! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. March 8, 2011 6:53 pm

    Wishing everyone good luck :)

  25. March 8, 2011 7:29 pm

    He’s so talented and I would love to win a copy of this to put on my Middle School shelves!! :D

  26. March 8, 2011 7:32 pm

    Tan is such an amazing artist. This looks like a beautiful book.

  27. Linda Kish permalink
    March 8, 2011 8:42 pm

    Sounds great. Count me in please.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  28. March 9, 2011 3:00 am

    I love Shaun Tan, but I didn’t know this collection existed! I’ve read the first story on its own, but not the other two. I’ll definitely have to look for it.

  29. March 9, 2011 10:20 am

    I haven’t read anything by Shaun Tan but I’ve heard how wonderful his work is. This sounds like a good one to share with my daughter.

  30. March 9, 2011 8:40 pm

    I’ve heard such amazing things about this author, and these books sound really worthwhile and interesting.

    And I wanted to say THANK YOU for the book — it arrived today! Thank you for your generosity. I truly appreciate it. And if I can ever give you a book, just let me know.

  31. March 9, 2011 10:30 pm

    I really want to read this one – because I love Shaun Tan and because he made us booklovers proud at the Oscars!

  32. March 10, 2011 3:06 am

    The book sounds great and I think I would really like it. I’ve heard great things about Shaun Tan’s work.

  33. March 12, 2011 11:26 pm

    Sounds like a great book–I’ll keep it in mind for when my son gets a little older.

  34. March 16, 2011 7:49 am

    Hm, I filled out the form (just now) and then I saw that I left a comment over a week ago which means I probably filled out the form then. Sorry if I duplicated. I really miss my memory *sigh*

  35. Nancye Davis permalink
    March 16, 2011 12:53 pm

    This sounds like a great book! Please include me! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  36. renarossner permalink
    March 22, 2011 9:48 am

    Would love to read this!

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