The Arrival

The Arrival

Graphic Novel - 2007
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A truly remarkable work of art that is already one of the most talked-about books of the season."Tan's lovingly laid out and masterfully rendered tale about the immigrant experience is a documentary magically told." -- Art Spiegelman, author of Maus "An absolute wonder." -- Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis "A magical river of strangers and their stories!" -- Craig Thompson, author of Blankets "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 Bone "Shaun Tan's artwork creates a fantastical, hauntingly familiar atmosphere... Strange, moving, and beautiful." -- Jon J. Muth, Caldecott Medal-winning author of Zen Shorts "Bravo." -- Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret "Magnificent." -- David Small, Caldecott Medalist
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780439895293
0439895294
Branch Call Number: YA GN ARRIVAL
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 31 cm.

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The main protagonist in this quiet graphic novel will appeal to the Thunderbird spirit of exploration, meeting new people, and experiencing new things.

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LPL_KimberlyL Mar 12, 2016

The artwork and the world the author created in this graphic novel is completely stunning! There are several images that are so profound and beautiful, I want to hang them up in my home so that I can stare at them every day. Beyond the visuals, the story is heartfelt and deeply touching, and show... Read More »


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JCLHeatherM Jan 16, 2020

One man sets off to a strange new land to carve a future for his family.

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elenawhitaker
Nov 10, 2019

The book does a masterful job of depicting the immigrant experience. The reader experiences it along with the main character because the new land is so foreign to us too. It reminded me of traveling overseas and not knowing how to do the basic things (catching a bus, selecting what looked edible, etc.) and how much I depended on the kindness of strangers. Shaun Tan does this all without a single word of text!

ArapahoeSam Jul 19, 2019

Great graphic novel for fathers and especially immigrants to be able to relate to. All visual, this graphic novel allows you to interpret the story in different dynamic way that most people would not expect to see out of a book. Well done and well illustrated.

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Jane_Sm
Jan 29, 2019

An absolutely extraordinary depiction of the migrant experience. A man leaves his wife and daughter behind to start a new life in a foreign country. I love how the artist depicts the strangeness of this new land--the language, buildings, technology, even the animals--and how people manage to communicate through gestures, pictures, and smiles. Each time I open this book I see something I hadn't noticed or appreciated before.
P.S. Young adults will enjoy this book but it is definitely for people of all ages!

A wordless graphic novel that the tells the familiar tale of an immigrant. By having no words, it makes the reader feel just like the immigrant who is encountering a new world to try to make a better life for his family. I breezed through the book in half an hour, only to re-open it, and look at it again. (submitted by DS)

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LoganLib_Romakumar
Jan 14, 2018

A very interesting book showing the difficulties faced by new migrants in any country.
Great text. Definitely a must read.

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andreareads
Jan 08, 2018

This is a beautiful, surreal look at coming to a new land - highly recommended!

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

A wordless story full of fanciful locations and astonishing animals, that manages to tell a very real world immigrant's tale. An excellent tool for teaching visual literacy, and a deeply heartwarming and human narrative of adapting to a new life.

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dylankemp
Jun 05, 2017

This really is an amazing book. Without words, Shaun Tan tells tales about what it is to be a refugee. Why you would leave the country you love, and what it is like to be somewhere new, where everything is strange. Astonishing really. Recommended for anyone from ten or twelve up. Take some time and check this out.

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kwsmith
Mar 24, 2017

This famous wordless art book illustrates the story of a young man immigrating from a dangerous war-torn country to a strange and confusing foreign land. The sepia-toned illustrations are excellent and effectively evoke strong feelings of isolation tinged with hope for a better future.

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GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

A wordless story full of fanciful locations and astonishing animals, that manages to tell a very real world immigrant's tale. An excellent tool for teaching visual literacy, and a deeply heartwarming and human narrative of adapting to a new life.

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