The Red Tree by Shaun Tan

the red treeThe Red Tree is a beautifully melancholy picture book. Like the best children’s literature, it’s incredible at any age and, in many ways, this book probably hits you harder when you are older.

It’s a book about depression, sadness, and feeling alone in the world with that feeling. But it’s also about hope.

the red tree 2

Shaun Tan’s artwork is stunning, the kind that you would happily frame and put on your wall. But what I love most about him is the way he is able to evoke so much emotion with no, or very few, words. You create the story not just from the pictures themselves, but also the rush of feeling it’s showing you.

the red tree 5

I think it jumps to the ending a little too quickly, and could have done with having another page or two in between. But maybe that’s the point – hope comes a long when you least expect it.

the red tree 3

Although the only other book of his I’ve read is The Arrival, his novel-length picture book (check out my review here), Shaun Tan is easily my favourite illustrator. Read his books and fall in love with him too.the red tree 4


This entry was posted in Books, plays, & screentime and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to The Red Tree by Shaun Tan

  1. Pingback: March reads 2016 | mischief and miscellany

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s