The Arrival

Tan, Shaun

Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Arrival
In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.

Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0439895294
Branch Call Number: J GRAPHIC GN FIC T
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 31 cm.


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Mar 19, 2015
  • kbo90 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

How do you explain the horror and results of war to a child? The frenzy of battle, displacement, poverty and traumatic adjustments of settling in new society? This pictures-only book does it with aplomb. It's incredible to me that such a subject could be rendered in a manner that is totally approachable and appropriate for young children. Yet Tan has accomplished just that - spectacularly so. As a parent, I thank him for it.

Oct 04, 2014
  • Kysmom6 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This wordless graphic novel was necessary for a class I am taking this semester. I found the pictures to be amazing and beautiful. My children also enjoyed flipping through the pages and watching the tale unfold. Great for any age!

Nov 20, 2013

Part of the Graphic Novel Shopping Guide for Perplexed Parents of Tweens and Teens, Nov 2013

recommended for reluctant readers, or high-interest, low-vocabulary readers

May 02, 2013
  • h228915807 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is a beautifully illustrated book, and says so much without a hint of a single word. It's unique and it seems every age group can and probably will enjoy it :)

Mar 24, 2013
  • Szarky rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I guess I'm the only one that just didn't really get into this one. While the art was absolutely stunning, the fantasy setting just didn't do it for me. In the books defence, I think I'm just not a huge fan of fantasy.

Feb 21, 2013
  • BarbMCampbell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stunning portraits and other-worldly landscapes tell an exquisite wordless story of the terrifying experiences of immigrants, seeded with the joy of unexpected kindnesses.

Jun 02, 2012
  • mkinjo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book regularly (once every several months). Beautifully illustrated pages make me think of my past, current and future.

Apr 20, 2012
  • kurtisfindlay rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a great pantomime allegory. Shaun Tan is a brilliant artist and storyteller.

Mar 16, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Surrealist, original and simply gorgeous. This visual interpretation of a family immigrating to another country, in search of a better life, is told entirely in exquisitely hand drawn pictures. There are no words here, and none are needed. You feel the determination and anxiety of the father as he becomes a stranger in a strange land. You also experience his joyful moments too, discovering the human connections along the way. Anyone who's traveled to a land foreign from their own will appreciate the visuals. The striking newness of an unknown place leaves an imprint that's hard to put into words. Of course, these drawings do a better job than most explanations.

Mar 11, 2012
  • samklassen95 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This story is beautiful and, in a country such as ours where nearly everybody has a family history of coming here from another place, this story holds a particular significance.

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Dec 22, 2011
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