The Lost Thing

The Lost Thing

Book - 2004
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A boy scavenges the beach for his bottle top collection when he discovers a lost "thing"; a large, freakish creature that looks like a cross between a crab and a pot-bellied stove. Thus begins a witty and strange narrative set in a creepy, futuristic environment. Shaun Tan's artwork, collages comprised of such unusual elements as old textbook pages, oil paint, gears, and tubes, inspires young readers to figure out what goes where, and why, in this challenging mix of science fiction and puzzle book.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Simply Read Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9781894965101
Branch Call Number: j PO TAN S


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sit_walk Oct 21, 2009

It's an odd and unsettling read, but ultimately quite satisfying. The art, as always with Shun Tan, is amazing. The Lost Thing was the first book that Tan both wrote and illustrated.

drewsattack Sep 02, 2009

I can't get enough Shaun Tan!


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RDPL_SRC Jul 16, 2012

" Eventually we found what seemed to be the right place, in a dark little gap off some anonymous little street. The sort of place you'd never know existed unless you were actually looking for it."


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