Monday, August 29, 2011

Lost & Found by Shaun Tan- OPTIONAL

Tan, Shaun.  Lost and Found: Three, 128 pages.  Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011.  $21.99.   Language-G; Violence-G; Sexual Content-G.  This book contains three separate stories.  The first, The Red Tree, tells of a young girl and how she deals with her trials.  The second story, (our favorite) is about a boy who finds a Lost Things on a beach and tries to find its home.  The third story, The Rabbits, was a little confusing for my kids.  This was our least favorite of the three stories.  It is a story about rabbits who take over the world and ultimately destroy it.  This entire book is visually powerful. The illustrator is brilliant!  But I can’t say we loved the book itself- or the messages?  Maybe we simply aren’t used to this type of story.  I think adults would appreciate it  a lot more than any child would.  That doesn't mean some children wouldn’t enjoy it, but I think it was a little too depressing and a little weird for our tastes.  I like uplifting, sentimental or applicable stories for children instead.  EL.  OPTIONAL.  Reviewer: SL. 

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