Saturday, 11 April 2009

The Red Tree - Shaun Tan

This is the most wonderful picture book I have ever encountered. The story is such a simple one, suitable for almost any age and each of the pictures is a work of art, composed with such care and creativity that they work completely independently of the story itself. If they were paintings, i would hang them in every room of my house. This is a book which is not ashamed to be what it is: it does not hide behind cuddly animals or a fantastical plot but is happy to be simple and concise. Sometimes life sucks, but that doesn’t mean that all your dreams wont ultimately come true. I have bought this book for so many birthdays and Christmas’s that I am running out of people to give it to!

8 out of 10

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