An exchange student who's really an alien, a secret room that becomes the perfect place for a quick escape, a typical tale of grandfatherly exaggeration that is actually even more bizarre than he says...These are the odd details of everyday life that grow and take on an incredible life of their own in tales and illustrations by Shaun Tan, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestseller, The Arrival.
• "After teaching the graphic format a thing or two about its own potential for elegance with The Arrival, Tan follows this up with an array of 15 extraordinary illustrated tales. But here is an achievement in diametric opposition to his silent masterpiece, as Tan combines spare words and weirdly dazzling images — in styles ranging from painting to doodles to collage — to create a unity which holds complexities of emotion seldom found in even the most mature works." — Booklist, starred review
• " Tan does for the sprawling landscape what he did for the metropolis in The Arrival. Here, the emotional can be manifest physically and the familiar is twisted unsettlingly. Tan's mixed-media art draws readers into the strange settings... Ideas and imagery both beautiful and disturbing will linger" — Publishers Weekly, starred review