A moving and inspiring story about how we remember the past from two of Australia's most acclaimed picture book creators, Gary Crew and Shaun Tan. This CBCA Award-winning bestseller is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.
When the soldiers return from the Great War in 1918, a memorial tree is planted . . . 'Lest We Forget'. But generations later, what do those who pause in the shadows of the tree's immense branches remember?
Years on, the tree has grown to be huge and unruly, dislodging the statue next to it and creating a traffic hazard in what is now a much larger, busier town. A decision is made by a local council to cut the tree down . . .
MEMORIAL serves as a reminder of the lessons to be gained from the past and examine the significance of Anzac Day, conservation, respect and remembrance.
The beautiful and poignant CBCA Honour Book MEMORIAL is now part of LOTHIAN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITES, a collection of the very best Australian picture books.
visually fascinating - NEW YORK TIMES on RULES OF SUMMER
an amazing picture book for all ages - THE GUARDIAN on RULES OF SUMMER
this stunningly original work defies easy categorization as it spins dual story lines into one spellbinding yarn ... Crew tantalizes to the very end, leaving readers to speculate enthusiastically on the riddles he craftily leaves unsolved. His tale will electrify his audience. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on STRANGE OBJECTS
STRANGE OBJECTS will continue to tease and perplex readers of all ages long after it has been read. - AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW on STRANGE OBJECTS
Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne.
Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits , The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia.
Shaun is the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award. The awad described Shaun as 'a masterly visually storyteller'.
The Lost Thing animation recently won an Oscar for the best animated short film.