The Singing Bones (Abridged / Hardcover)

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"Neil Gaiman’s quote about these sculptures is, “I want to squeeze them in my hands as I walk in the dark.”  Me, I want only to look at the beautiful pictures that illustrate this one of a kind interpretation of the Brothers Grimm.  This is not a children’s book.  Rather The Singing Bones is a book for adults who want to revisit childhood, perhaps, but also take a trip deep into the unconscious mind with all its fluctuations from terror to wonder.  There is a profound depth to the artist’s simplicity of form.  Just check out The Turnip.  Read the bite size story and see what your imagination can evoke."--Reviewed by Dora

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Wicked stepmothers, traitorous brothers, cunning foxes, lonely princesses: There is no mistaking the world of the Brothers Grimm and the beloved fairy tales that have captured generations of readers. Now internationally acclaimed artist Shaun Tan shows us the beautiful, terrifying, amusing, and downright peculiar heart of these tales as never before seen.With a foreword by Neil Gaiman and an introduction by renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes, this stunning gallery of sculptural works will thrill and delight art lovers and fairy-tale aficionados alike.

About the Author

Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel The Arrival, and also Tales from Outer Suburbia, a collection of illustrated short stories. Both books were named to the New York Times list of Best Illustrated Children's Books. He won an Oscar for his short film "The Lost Thing" based on a story in the book Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan. He is also the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award of his contribution to children's literature. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545946124
ISBN-10: 0545946123
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Pages: 192
Language: English