Author: Shaun Tan
Type: Silent/Wordless Novel
Publisher: Lothian Books (2007)
Pages: 128 pages
First Published: 2007
Literary Awards: Hugo Award Nominee for Best Related Book (2008), Locus Award for Best Art Book (2008), School Library Journal Best Book of the Year (2007), New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Book of the Year & Community Relations Commission Award (2007), Australian Book Industry Award for Australian Book of the Year for Older Children (2007), Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Overall Winner & Childrens Book (2006), Children's Book Council of Australia Award for Picture Book of the Year (2007), Parents' Choice Award for Fiction - Gold Award (2007), etc.
In a heartbreaking parting, a man gives his wife and daughter a last kiss and boards a steamship to cross the ocean. He's embarking on the most painful yet important journey of his life- he's leaving home to build a better future for his family.
Shaun Tan evokes universal aspects of an immigrant's experience through a singular work of the imagination. He does so using brilliantly clear and mesmerizing images. Because the main character can't communicate in words, the book forgoes them too. But while the reader experiences the main character's isolation, he also shares his ultimate joy.
Ssshhhh..... just enjoy the story...
**The illustrations are splendid**