Tales From Outer Suburbia

Tales From Outer Suburbia

Book - 2008
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Breathtakingly illustrated and hauntingly written, Tales from Outer Suburbia is by turns hilarious and poignant, perceptive and goofy. Through a series of captivating and sophisticated illustrated stories, Tan explores the precious strangeness of our existence. He gives us a portrait of modern suburban existence filtered through a wickedly Monty Pythonesque lens. Whether it's discovering that the world really does stop at the end of the city's map book, or a family's lesson in tolerance through an alien cultural exchange student, Tan's deft, sweet social satire brings us face-to-face with the humor and absurdity of modern life.
ISBN: 9780771084027
Characteristics: 92 pages :,colour illustrations ;,25 cm.


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Sep 16, 2018

Reading this book is a mind-altering experience; its words and images slowly permeate your whole being - not just mind, but soul and even body. You slowly sink into it as though relaxing into a thick down mattress, cosy and dreamy..... Even remembering reading it is blissful. You will experience this book with a soft smile.

Jun 16, 2015

An amazing collection of tales from an odd area- outer suburbia. It's listed as YA, but really, anyone can enjoy these stories.

ChristchurchLib Dec 01, 2014

"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

KateHillier Jun 06, 2014

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

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.

Jun 12, 2011

at North End

May 03, 2011

A collection of stories and artwork that is amazingly heartwarming.

Jan 31, 2011

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

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mgreen1989 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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