by Shaun Tan
Cover Artist: Shaun Tan
Review by Gayle Surrette
Arthur A. Levine Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780439895293
Date: 01 October 2007 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Shaun Tan has done something amazing, he's created a picture book for all ages. The Arrival has no words at all, only pictures. The book's images are all sepia tones and look as if you're going through an old family album. The title sets you up to make your own story from what you see as you turn the pages. From official release/information:
Book Description: 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.
(Source: Arthur A. Levine Books)