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Issue Details: First known date: 1997 1997
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'In Tagged, the boy Jimmy is inspired by war comics to daydream that he is a fearless World War II fighter pilot in a lone Spitfire; but the real-life Jimmy is scared as he reluctantly pursues his dog into a derelict brickworks. At the centre of the brickworks' industrial labyrinth he finds a Vietnam War veteran who is obsessed with the guilt and pain of witnessing his friend's death at the moment when both soldiers were being lifted by a helicopter to safety.'
(Source: Alice Mills, Ballarat University)

Notes

  • Included in the 1998 White Raven's Catalogue compiled by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Special mention.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it is partly set in Vietnam and is concerned with a Vietnam veteran's experiences.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Flinders Park, Charles Sturt area, Adelaide - Northwest, Adelaide, South Australia,: Era Publications , 1999 .
      Extent: 32p.
      Description: chiefly col. illus.
      ISBN: 1863744916(pbk.)

Works about this Work

The Paradoxes of History in Crew and Woolman's Tagged and Crew and Tan's Memorial Alice Mills , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rethinking History : The Journal of Theory and Practice , vol. 6 no. 3 2002; (p. 331-343)
'The publication of two illustrated books with verbal text by the Australian writer Gary Crew provides an opportunity to compare the presentation of war memories in picture story book and graphic novel format. Gary Crew and Shaun Tan's Memorial (1999) is a thought-provoking picture story book, while Crew and Steven Woolman's Tagged (1997) is an idiosyncratic graphic novel. The picture story book illustrations depict the commemorative tree as more real, more present than the book's human beings. The verbal text asserts that memory will live on through generations of the war veterans' family, as in the tree, but the illustrations of the cutting down of the tree and the verbal text revealing a veteran's self-censorship reveal these claims to be at best tenuous, at worst, false. Nevertheless, despite the current town council's disrespect for the commemorative tree, the Anzac Day ceremony remains a socially sanctioned rite of remembering war. The illustrations to Tagged represent a war veteran's confused mind and his compulsive reliving of his past as confusing visual images with a lack of clear cues for the reader's eye to follow, as the boy observer moves more deeply into the labyrinthine building where the man hides. While Memorial's war memorials are complete, public, in good condition and easily accessible, the bewildering passages and openings of Tagged's building suggest the man's stuck memories, the boy's problems with interpreting war images and also a society's not altogether successful attempt to repress collective acknowledgement of its war past. In contrast with Memorial, Tagged is a memorial to the unknown solder, offering a different kind of historical truth to any official, public, empty tomb.'
More Than Cracking the Code : Postmodern Picture Books and New Literacies Michele Anstey , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing the Boundaries 2002; (p. 87-105)
y Reading and Viewing Amanda Swaney , Flinders Park : Era Publications , 1999 Z1858393 1999 single work criticism 'Exploring the illustrated works of Gary Crew and Steven Woolman in The Watertower, Tagged and Caleb.' (Cover)
Untitled Jane Doonan , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The School Librarian , Winter vol. 47 no. 4 1999; (p. 209)

— Review of Tagged Gary Crew 1997 single work picture book
Untitled Lynne Babbage , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 42 no. 1 1998; (p. 40)

— Review of Tagged Gary Crew 1997 single work picture book
Charlemagne, Drovers and an Old War Moira Robinson , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 6 no. 1 1998; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Tagged Gary Crew 1997 single work picture book ; The Greatest Treasure of Charlemagne the King Nadia Wheatley 1997 single work picture book ; The Drover's Boy Ted Egan 1997 single work picture book poetry
Graphic Novels Michael Gregg , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 12 no. 5 1997; (p. 21-21)

— Review of The Secret of Hermitage Isle Catherine Jinks 1997 single work children's fiction ; Tagged Gary Crew 1997 single work picture book
Refrains Linnet Hunter , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 197 1997-1998; (p. 64-65)

— Review of The Greatest Treasure of Charlemagne the King Nadia Wheatley 1997 single work picture book ; Tagged Gary Crew 1997 single work picture book ; The Pied Piper of Hamelin Robert Holden 1997 single work picture book ; The Drover's Boy Ted Egan 1997 single work picture book poetry
Untitled Lynne Babbage , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 42 no. 1 1998; (p. 40)

— Review of Tagged Gary Crew 1997 single work picture book
Graphic Novels Michael Gregg , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 12 no. 5 1997; (p. 21-21)

— Review of The Secret of Hermitage Isle Catherine Jinks 1997 single work children's fiction ; Tagged Gary Crew 1997 single work picture book
Charlemagne, Drovers and an Old War Moira Robinson , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 6 no. 1 1998; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Tagged Gary Crew 1997 single work picture book ; The Greatest Treasure of Charlemagne the King Nadia Wheatley 1997 single work picture book ; The Drover's Boy Ted Egan 1997 single work picture book poetry
Untitled Jane Doonan , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The School Librarian , Winter vol. 47 no. 4 1999; (p. 209)

— Review of Tagged Gary Crew 1997 single work picture book
Refrains Linnet Hunter , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 197 1997-1998; (p. 64-65)

— Review of The Greatest Treasure of Charlemagne the King Nadia Wheatley 1997 single work picture book ; Tagged Gary Crew 1997 single work picture book ; The Pied Piper of Hamelin Robert Holden 1997 single work picture book ; The Drover's Boy Ted Egan 1997 single work picture book poetry
y Reading and Viewing Amanda Swaney , Flinders Park : Era Publications , 1999 Z1858393 1999 single work criticism 'Exploring the illustrated works of Gary Crew and Steven Woolman in The Watertower, Tagged and Caleb.' (Cover)
The Paradoxes of History in Crew and Woolman's Tagged and Crew and Tan's Memorial Alice Mills , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rethinking History : The Journal of Theory and Practice , vol. 6 no. 3 2002; (p. 331-343)
'The publication of two illustrated books with verbal text by the Australian writer Gary Crew provides an opportunity to compare the presentation of war memories in picture story book and graphic novel format. Gary Crew and Shaun Tan's Memorial (1999) is a thought-provoking picture story book, while Crew and Steven Woolman's Tagged (1997) is an idiosyncratic graphic novel. The picture story book illustrations depict the commemorative tree as more real, more present than the book's human beings. The verbal text asserts that memory will live on through generations of the war veterans' family, as in the tree, but the illustrations of the cutting down of the tree and the verbal text revealing a veteran's self-censorship reveal these claims to be at best tenuous, at worst, false. Nevertheless, despite the current town council's disrespect for the commemorative tree, the Anzac Day ceremony remains a socially sanctioned rite of remembering war. The illustrations to Tagged represent a war veteran's confused mind and his compulsive reliving of his past as confusing visual images with a lack of clear cues for the reader's eye to follow, as the boy observer moves more deeply into the labyrinthine building where the man hides. While Memorial's war memorials are complete, public, in good condition and easily accessible, the bewildering passages and openings of Tagged's building suggest the man's stuck memories, the boy's problems with interpreting war images and also a society's not altogether successful attempt to repress collective acknowledgement of its war past. In contrast with Memorial, Tagged is a memorial to the unknown solder, offering a different kind of historical truth to any official, public, empty tomb.'
More Than Cracking the Code : Postmodern Picture Books and New Literacies Michele Anstey , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossing the Boundaries 2002; (p. 87-105)
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