Shaun Tan has, hard on the heels of winning an Oscar for Best Animated Short film, just been announced as the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, probably the most important children's literature award in the world. If you haven't discovered Shaun's amazing work, go go go right now and check it out. I've been a fan of Shaun's for years, and years ago I used to work with a friend of his (I think he gave Shaun his first illustration job, on a local Sci Fi magazine!) so I've seen his rise to fame and seen his work just blossom so incredibly. I was also lucky enough back in 2006 to have a sneak preview of 'The Arrival' before it was published...now that is a truly amazing book. So congratulations to Shaun, he richly deserves it, he really is a master!
Eric the exchange student, from 'Tales of Outer Suburbia'. He's one of my favourite Shaun Tan characters.
The water buffalo from 'Tales of Outer Suburbia'. Probably one of the reasons I like this book so much is that, despite it's weirdness, the suburbs of Perth are still recognisable in it...makes me think maybe there really could be magic and marvels down the end of my street!