Book Reviews

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan


What da Cover Says:  Do you remember the water buffalo at the end of our street?

or the deep-sea diver we found near the underpass?

do you know why dogs bark in the middle of the night?

Renowned Australian illustrator Shaun Tan, award-winning creator of The Arrival, reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight.

What I Says:  I love everything about this book from the illustrations to the quirky little stories.  So much care has been taken to make the whole book fun, even the boring bits,  check out the best ever contents page:

ShaunTan1The illustrations reminded me of the far side cartoons, and they pair up perfectly with the short stories.  There are so many gems here it is tough to pick a favourite, the story about the government keeping missiles in everybody’s gardens and how people soon modify them to be useful, wonderfully shows a side of Humans you don’t get to see.  The instructions from a young girl on how to make your own pet out of unwanted household items is super cute.  But for me the stand out story was “Eric” a story about an exchange student and the impact he has on the visiting family, seriously beautiful ending.

I’m going to give this book to my youngest to read and I can guarantee there will be some tears from her.  100% recommend this, you’re missing out big time if you don’t read it.


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