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Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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"The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope." (Source: Shaun Tan website)

Notes

  • The Arrival is a 128 page book of illustrations without words, a silent graphic novel. Through a series of connecting images, it tells the story of an anonymous migrant leaving some unfortunate circumstances in his home country, crossing an ocean to a strange new city, and learning how to live there. It is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person and a tribute to all those who have made the journey. It is a story without words but it tells a thousand tales. (Avid Reader Media Release 25/9/06)
  • The Arrival won the 2007 Australian Publishers' Association award for best-designed children's illustrated book.
  • Included in the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books List for 2007.
  • Images from The Arrival were used in 2008 by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) in their performance 'The Arrival'. The ACO's performance combined Shostakovich's final string quartet with projected images from Tan's picture book.

  • Included in the 2007 White Ravens Catalogue compiled by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany. Special mention; international understanding; easily understandable.
  • A musical score by Ben Walsh, inspired by The Arrival, first performed by Orkestra of The Underground to projected images from the book at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, New South Wales, October 2010.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because a Japanese version has been published.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • South Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Lothian , 2006 .
      Extent: 128p.p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0734406940
  • Appears in:
    y The Arrival and Sketches from a Nameless Land Shaun Tan , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2010 Z1727145 2010 selected work picture book criticism Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2010
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2014 .
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      Extent: 128p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Published 14 October 2014
      ISBN: 9780734415868
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2015 .
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      Extent: 1vp.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st September 2015
      ISBN: 9789045118390
Alternative title: La ou vont nos peres
Language: French
    • Paris,
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      Dargaud , 2007 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      Description: col. illus.
      ISBN: 9782205059700

Works about this Work

Strange Migrations : An Essay/interview with Shaun Tan Shaun Tan , Harriet Earle , 2016 single work essay interview
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , vol. 52 no. 4 2016; (p. 385-398)
'This piece by Shaun Tan was originally written as a keynote address to the 33rd International Board on Books for Young People Congress, held in London in August 2012. The version presented here has been edited, with additional questions, by Harriet Earle. For Tan, the comics form offers the freedom and space to discuss issues of identity creation and the role of narrative in this process. As a child of mixed nationality parents, the question of how cultural and national mores have shaped his personal identity looms large in Tan’s work. He asks, “Where is the ‘train station’ through which all these cultural railways pass?” and, although no definite answer is necessarily forthcoming, uses the comics form to begin to respond to his own question. Alongside these issues of cultural migration, Tan considers the classification of his work and how the label of “children’s literature” both affects the reception and offers new freedoms. Beginning with his origins in Western Australia and the impact of his parents’ mixed ethnicities on his formative years, Tan charts his personal and artistic development and offers new insight into what comics and graphic narratives can tell us about migration, multiculturalism and curiosity.' (Publication abstract)
Kinship between “companion Species” : A Posthuman Refiguration of the Immigrant Condition in Shaun Tan’s The Arrival Bidisha Banerjee , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , vol. 52 no. 4 2016; (p. 399-414)
'Academy Award-winning author and illustrator Shaun Tan’s 2007 graphic novel The Arrival poignantly tells the story of the typical immigrant experience. Tan creates an ostensibly alienating and unfamiliar terrain which may be described as a “posthuman landscape”. Instead of presenting the traditional native-versus-immigrant framework typical of diasporic stories, Tan chooses to delineate an inter-species relationship where the immigrant man is assisted by a native animal. An odd-looking creature becomes the protagonist’s guide in the new country and assists him in a myriad of ways throughout the story. This article explores the implications of such a relationship in the age of the Anthropocene where the privileged anthropocentrism of western humanism has been replaced by an egalitarianism of species. Using Donna Haraway’s notion of “companion species” and Rosi Braidotti’s recent articulation of the posthuman, it suggests a connection between the posthuman and the postcolonial in Tan’s text and thereby explores the significance of a non-human Other coming to the assistance of the immigrant Other within the space of a posthuman, postcolonial world. Thus the article seeks to study the reconfiguration of otherness in the face of incommensurable difference, and articulate its implications for diasporic thought.' (Publication abstract)
26 Aussie Books You Must Read Blanche Clark , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 January 2015; (p. 18-19)
'With Australia Day upons us...26 great Australian Books that have helped shape and define our nation...'
Using Shaun Tan's Work to Foster Multiliteracies in 21st-Century Classrooms Ashley Dallacqua , Sara Kersten, , Mindi Rhoades , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Reading Teacher , October vol. 69 no. 2 2015; (p. 207-217)
'This paper explores work in multimodality and design as it relates to 21st century multiliteracies. After outlining the concept of a multiliteracies pedagogy, this paper describes multimodality and multimodal texts. Moving from the theoretical to the practical, this paper primarily explores selected multimodal works of Shaun Tan and the opportunities they open to bring a multiliteracies pedagogy to classrooms. It provides approachable pedagogical strategies that can be successful in a variety of classrooms. We conclude that Tan's work ultimately acts as an accessible resource for educators striving to employ multiliteracies practices and bring multimodal texts into their classrooms.' (Publication abstract)
Introduction : Picture Books ... Then, Now and Beyond Kerry Mallan , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Picture Books and Beyond 2014; (p. 1-11)

This chapter briefly outlines some general trends and influences, histories,

and changes that have contributed to both the picture book and its digital

transformation.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan Hilary Smillie , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , December 2014;

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Word Girl Luann Toth , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , March/April vol. 89 no. 2 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Silence Speaks : Shaun Tan's The Arrival Kate Douglas , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 546-551)
Word Girl Luann Toth , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , March/April vol. 89 no. 2 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
In Search of the Great Australian (Graphic) Novel Kevin Patrick , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , 16 February vol. 1 no. 1 2012; (p. 51-66)
'The critical acclaim enjoyed by such recent Australian graphic novels as Shaun Tan's The Arrival (2006) and Nicki Greenberg's adaptation of The Great Gatsby (2007) suggested that Australia had finally 'caught up' with the United States and Britain, by embracing the graphic novel as a legitimate creative medium, on a par with literature and cinema. The media interest generated by a succession of Australian graphic novels during recent years often implied that their very existence was a relatively new phenomenon. Accepting this premise without question, however, overlooks the evolution of the graphic novel in Australia, early examples of which - such as Syd Nicholls' Middy Malone: A Book Pirates (1941) - date back to the 1940s. Documenting how historical changes in the production and dissemination of graphic novels in Australia have influenced their critical and popular reception therefore creates new opportunities to explore a largely overlooked facet of Australian print culture. Furthermore, the study of the graphic novel in an exclusively Australian context provides a new perspective for re-examining the origins, definitions and, indeed, the limitations of the term 'graphic novel', and extends the parameters of the academic literature devoted to the medium beyond the traditionally dominant Anglo-American focus.' (Author's abstract)
Page to Performance : Children's Books Adapted for the Stage Nicola Robinson , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 27 no. 1 2012; (p. 8-11)
Memory Palaces Luke Davies , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Monthly , June no. 79 2012; (p. 48-50)
'Luke Davies on Australia's budding graphic novel scene.'
Into the Frame : Graphic Novels Sally Zwartz , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking about Books for Children , July vol. 27 no. 3 2012; (p. 10-13)
Reel Time : Speeches Over Now Back to Work Michael Bodey , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 2 March 2011; (p. 17)
Go, You Lost Thing, Bring Back an Oscar Emma Jane , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 February 2011; (p. 11)
Stories without Borders Maria Tumarkin , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 70 no. 2 2011; (p. 24-30)
Music Book Louise Nunn , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 September 2011; (p. 26-28)
Visual Identities : Australianness in Australian Picture Books Pam Macintyre , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Teaching Australian Literature : From Classroom Conversations to National Imaginings 2011; (p. 352-368)
‘The literature written for young people can be a vehicle for mediating change in mainstream attitudes, or it can confirm existing values. As with all literature, it carries ideologies. In this chapter, I will focus on the picture book, which constructs its meanings through dual visual and written texts. In particular, I will analyse selected, recent award-winning Australian picture books for their representations of ‘Australianness’.’ (From author’s introduction, p. 352)
Picture Books as Graphic Novels and Vice Versa : The Australian Experience John Foster , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Bookbird , vol. 49 no. 4 2011; (p. 68-75)
Sketches from a Nameless Land Shaun Tan , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Arrival and Sketches from a Nameless Land 2010;

'What inspired author and illustrator Shaun Tan to create his wordless masterpiece The Arrival? Within the pages of a new work Sketches from a Nameless Land Shaun sheds light on his motivations, explaining his creative process using examples from his earliest sketches, roughs and ideas right through to finished artwork.'

Source: The Arrival website, www.thearrival.com.au (Sighted 22/09/2010)

Kids' Lit Jodie Minus , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 September - 1 October 2006; (p. 14)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel ; Ten Things I Hate about Me Randa Abdel-Fattah 2006 single work novel
Picture the Quest to Belong Jason Nahrung , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 - 15 October 2006; (p. 27)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
The Journey of The Arrival Deryck Greenwood , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , October no. 2 2006; (p. 12-13)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
A Collage of Visual Truths Angie Schiavone , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 November 2006; (p. 34-35)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
This Week's Selections Katharine England , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 11 November 2006; (p. 12)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
The Kindess of Strangers Luke Davies , 2006-2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , December-January no. 19 2006-2007; (p. 70-71)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Emotional Charge from Picture Books Belle Y. Alderman , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 December 2006; (p. 13)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel ; Uno's Garden Graeme Base 2006 single work picture book ; Norman and Brenda Colin Thompson 2006 single work picture book
Drawing on Human Resilience Rod Moran , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 10 February 2007; (p. 8)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Entertaining Strangers Stephanie Owen Reeder , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 289 2007; (p. 66-67)

— Review of Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child Bob Graham 2002 single work picture book ; The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Stephanie Owen Reeder looks at authors whose books (primarily for children) address a rise in xenophobia in Australian society. She focuses particularly on Bob Graham's Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child and Shaun Tan's The Arrival.
Untitled Ernie Tucker , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 41 no. 3 2006; (p. 69-70)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
The Arrival Pam Macintyre , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 14 no. 4 2006; (p. 31)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Untitled H. M. Saxby , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 51 no. 1 2007; (p. 20-21)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Untitled Robin Morrow , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 21 no. 5 2006; (p. 5)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Untitled Scot Gardner , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , December no. 3 2006; (p. 16)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
The Bedazzling Strangeness Debra Dudek , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 187 2007; (p. 92)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Stranger in a Strange Land Gene Luen Yang , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 11 November vol. 112 no. 45 2007; (p. 21)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Speculative Fiction Rewarded Ernie Tucker , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 42 no. 2 2007; (p. 89-90)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel ; Foundling David Cornish 2006 single work children's fiction ; Ichabod Hart and the Lighthouse Mystery James Roy 2003 single work children's fiction ; Red Spikes Margo Lanagan 2006 selected work short story ; Loop Brian Caswell 2006 selected work short story ; Ravens Rising Kerry Greenwood 2006 single work novel ; The Birthmark Beth Montgomery 2006 single work novel
On My Bedside Table Loretta Martella , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 25 October 2008; (p. 44)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel ; Brotherboys : The Story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer Sean Gorman 2005 single work biography
On My Bedside Table Giri Mazzella , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 24 January 2009; (p. 28)

— Review of Dust on My Shoes Peter Pinney 1951 single work autobiography ; The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Untitled L. R. , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , January/February vol. 85 no. 1 2009; (p. 29)

— Review of The Arrival Shaun Tan 2006 single work graphic novel
Drawn to the Image Frances Atkinson , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 27 January 2007; (p. 26-27)
Horror of a Hit Jason Nahrung , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 3 - 4 February 2007; (p. 23)
Strangers in Strange Lands Shaun Tan , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 14 no. 4 2006; (p. 4-7)
Shaun Tan describes the creative process behind the development of The Arrival
Taking a Punt on This List Penelope Davie , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 - 22 April 2007; (p. 26)
Wins Put Tan in Picture Jason Steger , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 30 May 2007; (p. 2)
Graphic Novel Wins - Without Words Ben Martin , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 31 May 2007; (p. 13)
Tan's Triumph Shows Literature is More than Words Angie Schiavone , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 June 2007; (p. 11)
Illustrator Wins Top Premier's Book Prize Rod Moran , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 9 June 2007; (p. 7)
The Arrival : Anthony Eaton talks to Shaun Tan about 'The Arrival' Anthony Eaton , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 21 no. 5 2006; (p. 4-6)
The Children's Book Council of Australia Judges' Report 2007 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 51 no. 3 2007; (p. 5-12)
Celebration : Australian Authors Past and Present : [Shaun Tan] Robyn Sheahan-Bright , 2007 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 39 no. 3 2007; (p. 26-29)
CBC Awards - Acceptance Speeches 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 51 no. 4 2007; (p. 3-6)
Pictures Worth a Thousand Words 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Uniview [periodical] , Summer vol. 27 no. 1 2008; (p. 8-10)
Illustrator's Arrival Needs No Introduction Stephen Bevis , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 29 January 2008; (p. 18)
Suburban Dreaming Rosemary Neill , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 May 2008; (p. 7)
The Arrival of the Rainbow Bird : The Migration Experience in Picture Books Virginia Lowe , 2008 single work essay
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 16 no. 1 2008; (p. 4-5)
Discusses the importance of recent Australian picture books that deal with the topic of refugees and immigrants, and those who ended up in detention centres.
Spare Parts Theatre Arrives On the International Stage Stephen Bevis , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 29 October 2008; (p. 7)
Not Just a Pretty Picture Fiona Gruber , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 10 November 2008; (p. 30)
Book illustrators say their work deserves to be seen as art.
Know the Author Illustrator : Shaun Tan Linnet Hunter (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , September vol. 23 no. 4 2008; (p. 10-13)
Linnet Hunter interviews Shaun Tan about his compelling artwork and the 'imaginative universes' he continues to create, showcased in his latest book Tales from Outer Suburbia. Tan discusses the interplay between the words and pictures that produce his 'style' of illustration and some of the reasons his latest picture book is also formatted as a collection of short stories.
Special Citation for Excellence in Graphic Storytelling Shaun Tan , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , January/February vol. 85 no. 1 2009; (p. 29-33)
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