by Shaun Tan
Arthur Levine Books
Transcendent artwork captures the struggles and the joy of the immigrant experience.
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.
Praise for The Arrival:
"Anyone who thinks that the graphic novel is no more than a flash-in-the-pan phenomenon, ought to take a look at The Arrival. This magnificent work not only establishes itself in a major new literary genre but raises the stakes for anyone seriously considering working in it. Born of dreams and history, it is a story that seems to have been living in the depths of our unconscious; Shaun Tan reached deep down and brought it into the light." -- David Small, Caldecott Medalist for So You Want to Be President?
"The Arrival is beautiful. I loved how it slowly dawned on me that this bizarre world was how any immigrant might see the new place they go . . . Everything is different and scary and magical. The drawings are just so lovely, endlessly details and wonderfully strange. Bravo." -- Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret