Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Shaun Tan wins Astrid Lindgren prize

The Australian author-illustrator Shaun Tan is the winner of this year's Astrid Lindgren prize – the richest children's literature prize in the world, with a purse of 5m kroner (£490,000). Tan has illustrated more than 20 books including The rabbits, The arrival, Eric and Tales from Outer Suburbia. At this year's Academy Awards, he won the Oscar for best animated short film for The Lost Thing, based on his book of the same title, so it's been an amazing year for him so far. This Guardian article tells you more about the award and has links to an interview with Tan and a picture gallery of his book Eric. We have several books by Tan in our catalogue. He describes them as "illustrated modern fables". For example, the wordless graphic novel The arrival is set in a mysterious city peopled by weird creatures but could be used to open discussion on all sorts of subjects such as loneliness or refugees.

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