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Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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Through 'fifteen intriguing illustrated stories' Shaun Tan 'reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight.' (Publisher's blurb)

Adaptations

Tales from Outer Suburbia 2013 single work drama children's

Notes

  • Dedication: To Paul (who always enjoys a good expedition) Perth, W.A.
  • Selected as one of the New York Times's Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2009.
  • Other formats: Also e-book.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has some Japanese-related content, and has been translated into Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2008 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Water Buffalo, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 6)
Note: illus.
Eric, Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), 2008 single work short story picture book young adult
'Eric is eternally curious and effortlessly charming - a house guest whose approach to the world will capture your heart.' (From the publisher's website.)
(p. 8-19)
Note: illus.
Broken Toys, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story
A Japanese man in an old-fashioned deep-sea diving suit mysteriously appears, still dripping, in a suburban street.
(p. 20-27)
Note: illus.
Distant Rain, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 28-35)
Undertow, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 36-39)
Note: illus.
Grandpa's Story, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 40-55)
Note: illus.
No Other Country, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 56-63)
Note: illus.
Stick Figures, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 64-69)
Note: illus.
The Nameless Holiday, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 70-73)
Note: illus.
The Amnesia Machine, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 74-75)
Note: illus.
Alert but Not Alarmed, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 76-79)
Note: illus.
Wake, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 80-81)
Note: illus.
Why Not Make Your Own Pet, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 82-83)
Note: illus.
Our Expedition, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 84-91)
Note: illus.
Night of the Turtle Rescue, Shaun Tan , 2008 single work short story (p. 92-93)
Note: illus.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2008 .
      8610852256999705327.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 96p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: June 2008.
      ISBN: 9781741149173 (hbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Arthur A. Levine Books , 2008 .
      6589578050409498338.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 92p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9780545055871, 9780545055888 (pbk.)
    • Toronto, Ontario,
      c
      Canada,
      c
      Americas,
      :
      McClelland and Stewart , 2008 .
      4562214771083590394.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 92p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9780771084027
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2016 .
      984190859994306355.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 96p.
      Note/s:
      • Published October 2016

        Includes a bonus Jigsaw Puzzle.

      ISBN: 9781760294410
Alternative title: Piccole storie di periferia
Language: Italian
    • Milan,
      c
      Italy,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Rizzoli , 2008 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: [96] p.p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 9788817026123

Works about this Work

Drawn Back to Suburban Reality Victoria Laurie , 2012 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 May 2012; (p. 15)
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)
Australia's Fairy Tales Illustrated in Print: Instances of Indigeneity, Colonization, and Suburbanization Rebecca Do Rozario , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Marvels & Tales , vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 13-32)
Australian fairy tale could be following a new direction, evident in the recent work of Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan. From a historical point of view, this article examines the disparity of early attempts to capture indigenous storytelling as fairy tale for white children and the invasion of the native landscape with English fairy creatures. It shows how this disparity has matured into a rediscovery of the underlying strangeness of the migratory infrastructures of Australian suburbs that are evident in such tales as those presented in Tan's Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008) (Author's abstract).
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)
Tiny Leaf Men and Other Tales From Outer Suburbia : Re-Presenting the Suburb in Australian Children’s Literature Kelly-Elise Oliver , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations Into Children's Literature , vol. 21 no. 1 2011; (p. 57-66)
'This paper explores how, through word and image, Tan's Tales From Outer Suburbia challenges stereotypical representations of the suburban. Typically, suburban spaces have been represented as aesthetically bland, mundane, and ornamental. Tan takes these tropes and ironically re-deploys them anew, and in doing so undermines anti-suburban sentiment, which has dominated Australian literary and popular culture.

Although the notion of anti-suburbanism in Australian fiction has been well documented, its presence in children's literature has received far less attention. As a case study, Tales From Outer Suburbia, signals the ability of children's literature to present more positive representations of suburbia because of its inherent commitment to the socialisation of children, which is prioritised over the tradition of anti-suburbanism.' (Author's abstract)
Frame of Reference David Beagley , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature , January/February vol. 15 no. 3 2011;
Tan Takes Premier's Prize Michaela Boland , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 1 March 2010; (p. 16)
Children Are the Winners Angie Schiavone , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 August 2009; (p. 33)
Shaun Tan's a Winner with Weird Tales from the Suburbs Rosemary Sorensen , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 August 2009; (p. 5)
The Children's Book Council of Australia Judges Report 2009 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 4-10)
Untitled R.S. , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , March/April vol. 85 no. 2 2009; (p. 204-205)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Everyday Weirdness Hugo Lindgren , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 8 November vol. 114 no. 45 2009; (p. 25)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Suburban Dreaming Rosemary Neill , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 May 2008; (p. 7)
Books that Blur the Lines Ronni Phillips , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 June 2008; (p. 6-7)
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.
Telling Tales with Shaun Tan Clare Kennedy (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 16 no. 4 2008; (p. 6-7)
Kennedy shares, and comments on, some of Tan's reflections on the imagery within his work.
More Speculative Fiction Ernie Tucker , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 43 no. 3 2008; (p. 92-93)
Strange Days, Clear Ways Frances Atkinson , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 30 May 2008; (p. 27)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Book of the Week Melanie Coombs , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 8 June 2008; (p. 26)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Suburban Reality Check Stephanie Owen Reeder , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 June 2008; (p. 18)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Strange Days, Clear Ways Frances Atkinson , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 30 May 2008; (p. 27)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Book of the Week Melanie Coombs , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 8 June 2008; (p. 26)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Suburban Reality Check Stephanie Owen Reeder , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 June 2008; (p. 18)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Suburban Surreal Estate Angie Schiavone , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14-15 June 2008; (p. 36)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
On My Bedside Table Sue Scott , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 28 June 2008; (p. 28)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
This Weeks's Selections Katharine England , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 June 2008; (p. 12)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Noted Danielle Wood , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , August no. 37 2008; (p. 70)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
[Untitled] Simon Clews , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 16 no. 3 2008; (p. 16)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
The reviewer discusses Tan's latest work and notes that as well as being 'awarded and applauded' for his illustrative technique, he is now "a writer to be watched".
Centre Selection Mike Shuttleworth , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Newsletter of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature , no. 2 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
[Untitled] Katharine England , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , July vol. 23 no. 3 2008; (p. 20)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Untitled H. M. Saxby , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 52 no. 3 2008; (p. 27)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Untitled R.S. , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , March/April vol. 85 no. 2 2009; (p. 204-205)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Everyday Weirdness Hugo Lindgren , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 8 November vol. 114 no. 45 2009; (p. 25)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Untitled Judith Way , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 22 no. 2 2008; (p. 8)

— Review of Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan 2008 selected work short story picture book
Suburban Dreaming Rosemary Neill , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 May 2008; (p. 7)
Books that Blur the Lines Ronni Phillips , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 June 2008; (p. 6-7)
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.
Telling Tales with Shaun Tan Clare Kennedy (interviewer), 2008 single work interview
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 16 no. 4 2008; (p. 6-7)
Kennedy shares, and comments on, some of Tan's reflections on the imagery within his work.
Children Are the Winners Angie Schiavone , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 August 2009; (p. 33)
Shaun Tan's a Winner with Weird Tales from the Suburbs Rosemary Sorensen , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 August 2009; (p. 5)
The Children's Book Council of Australia Judges Report 2009 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia , August vol. 53 no. 3 2009; (p. 4-10)
More Speculative Fiction Ernie Tucker , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: English in Australia , vol. 43 no. 3 2008; (p. 92-93)
Tan Takes Premier's Prize Michaela Boland , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 1 March 2010; (p. 16)
Australia's Fairy Tales Illustrated in Print: Instances of Indigeneity, Colonization, and Suburbanization Rebecca Do Rozario , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Marvels & Tales , vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 13-32)
Australian fairy tale could be following a new direction, evident in the recent work of Australian author and illustrator Shaun Tan. From a historical point of view, this article examines the disparity of early attempts to capture indigenous storytelling as fairy tale for white children and the invasion of the native landscape with English fairy creatures. It shows how this disparity has matured into a rediscovery of the underlying strangeness of the migratory infrastructures of Australian suburbs that are evident in such tales as those presented in Tan's Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008) (Author's abstract).
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)
Drawn Back to Suburban Reality Victoria Laurie , 2012 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 May 2012; (p. 15)
Tiny Leaf Men and Other Tales From Outer Suburbia : Re-Presenting the Suburb in Australian Children’s Literature Kelly-Elise Oliver , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations Into Children's Literature , vol. 21 no. 1 2011; (p. 57-66)
'This paper explores how, through word and image, Tan's Tales From Outer Suburbia challenges stereotypical representations of the suburban. Typically, suburban spaces have been represented as aesthetically bland, mundane, and ornamental. Tan takes these tropes and ironically re-deploys them anew, and in doing so undermines anti-suburban sentiment, which has dominated Australian literary and popular culture.

Although the notion of anti-suburbanism in Australian fiction has been well documented, its presence in children's literature has received far less attention. As a case study, Tales From Outer Suburbia, signals the ability of children's literature to present more positive representations of suburbia because of its inherent commitment to the socialisation of children, which is prioritised over the tradition of anti-suburbanism.' (Author's abstract)
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)
Frame of Reference David Beagley , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature , January/February vol. 15 no. 3 2011;
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