The Arrival by Shaun TanThe Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Arrival

byShaun TanIllustratorShaun Tan

Hardcover | October 1, 2007

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In a heartbreaking parting, a man gives his wife and daughter a last kiss and boards a steamship. He's embarking on the most difficult journey he's leaving home to build a better future for his family. In this wordless graphic novel, Shaun Tan captures the immigrant experience through clear, mesmerizing images. The reader enters a strange new world, participating in the main character's isolation and ultimately his joy.
Shaun Tan previously wrote and illustrated The Lost Thing and The Red Tree. Internationally acclaimed, he's won Honorable Mention in the Bologna Ragazzi prize and the World Fantasy Best Artist Award. In 2011, he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for The Lost Thing, based on the book of the same name. Shaun live...
Title:The ArrivalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 12.05 × 9.06 × 0.56 inPublished:October 1, 2007Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0439895294

ISBN - 13:9780439895293

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from An extremely warm hearted empathic piece of art. I saw for the first time (2011) The arrival at one of my friend's house during my first trip to Canada. I was still living in Mexico by then and I would have never thought that, one day, my new immigrant heart would embrace this book with such love. I decided to move to Canada the year after and still, it is one of my favourite memories of this new chapter of my life. So vivid, so magic, and so relevant nowadays.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for those who appreciate beautiful illustrations This is a story with a powerful message and lots of emotion, told solely through visuals. The illustrations are so carefully created and beyond beautiful. This book would make a beautiful gift for someone who loves detail rich artwork. I love the creative little touch of the origami bird hidden throughout the story.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing These illustrations are absolutely stunning. They look like real old photos. Whoever designed this book did an amazing job. I feel like the topic is more relevant than ever even with the book being over 10 years old. It really only takes a few minutes to look through and I feel like words would've taken away from the story. We all have heard the immigrant story but seeing it is not something everyone has the chance to do
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Arrival The combination of pictures and words make for a heart tugging book.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful beautiful and touching surreal tale.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Every picture tells a story... Enough said. Great story-telling visuals!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Louder than words A very impressive picture/graphic book. S. Tan again demonstrates great imagination and talent as well as an ability to treat important issues in a truly memorable way. His images speak better than words and they stay with you for a long time.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Part immigrant story, part art book Part immigrant story, part art book. This is an good example of Tan's incredible imagination and artistic talent.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wordless, lovely It's amazing how much can be said with nothing spoken. Amazing draftsmanship and story.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take your time with this one What beautiful illustrations! This graphic novel is wordless, as will you be once you've read it. Explore the pages slowly and take in the powerful details, themes and emotions. This story has something for all ages.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take your time with this one What beautiful illustrations. This graphic novel is wordless, as will you be once you read this. Explore the pages slowly and take in the powerful details.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Compelling This wordless graphic novel is beautifully illustrated and tells a compelling story that tugs at your heartstrings. The lack of dialogue leaves a lot to the imagination and readers will feed off the emotions of the protagonist from start to finish. This graphic novel will leave you with a lasting impression upon completion.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I just read this at the Hart House reading room, here at U of T, and... unbelievable. It's like the most sad / scary / touching / mysterious / meaningful dream that you once had a long time ago and have been trying to remember ever since.
Date published: 2015-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I brought this book a month ago and I do not have any regrets!! This is my dream book.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing book! This is an illustrated story, suitable for teens and up. I LOVE the story told in pictures and have bought it as a gift for friends who have recently moved to another country. This is a book that makes you think about the things that we take for granted, clocks, transportation, fitting in, loneliness. It is wonderful and I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerfully Wordless This is one of the single most powerful books in my personal library, and it is powerful despite not containing a single printed word. The story traces the path of a man's emigration from a threatened country. The fear, cultural confusion, time passage, and eventual acclimatization of the main character are illustrated in beautiful sepia tones. Signs in the book are in non-language symbols, leaving the reader as mute and confused as the protagonist. Foods are foreign, manners are odd, and the mistakes of a new immigrant are gently dealt with. I have shared this with a number of high school students, both born here and born abroad, and all were moved, many to tears. My favourite sections are the endpages, in which the faces of all of the people met in the story are laid out in a portrait gallery, and the travelling pages. In the travelling pages, we are first shown a photograph. The lens of our vision widens to a table, a room, a porthole, a ship, a ship on the ocean with an enormous sky behind it. The protagonist studies the sky. The page is turned, and the next layout is picture after picture after tiny detailed picture of the skies, the days delineated in clouds and shadows, an endless trip of monotonous differences. In contrast, the landing is frantic and confusing. This book is ideal for children, for adults, for those who have fled countries, and for those who cannot concieve living anywhere but their "here".
Date published: 2009-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! This is a beautiful wordless graphic novel! The story is told without any words, but with detailed, expressive drawings/paintings that allow all elements/feelings/emotions of the story to come through. The story is that of immigrants to a new country, reasons why they leave they old home, their homes/dreams for a new life, and the struggles they find upon their arrival in a new place. The story shows the struggle to find the way, buy common items, read things, understand new "alien-like" concepts, get a job, meet friends, etc. Gives a new understanding and appreciation for the struggles of new immigrants. The fantasy like drawings will delight children and young adults.
Date published: 2008-04-23

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The ArrivalA New York Times Best Illustrated BookBook Sense Book of the Year -- Honor BookWorld Fantasy Award -- Best ArtistAn ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for TeensA Horn Book Fanfare Best BookA Publishers Weekly Best BookNew York Magazine's Top Comic BookA School Library Journal Best Book"Mesmerizing... Such visual eloquence can only motivate readers to seek out any future graphic novels from Shaun Tan, regardless of where they might be shelved." -- New York Times Book Review"Astonishing." -- The Washington Post"A wordless tour de force." -- Time Out New York Kids* "A silent, fantastical masterpiece... Filled with both subtlety and grandeur, the book is a unique work that not only fulfills but also expands the potential of its form." -- Booklist, starred review* "An unashamed paean to the immigrant's spirit, tenacity and guts, perfectly crafted for maximum effect." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Few will remain unaffected by this timeless stunner." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review