What the ‘Blurb’ says:
‘The Lost Thing is a humorous story about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature whilst out collecting bottle-tops at the beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but the problem is met with indifference by everyone else, who barely notice it’s presence. Each is unhelpful in their own way; strangers, friends, parents all unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to day-to-day life.
In spite of his better judgement, the boy feels sorry for this hapless creature, and attempts to find out where it belongs.
Shaun Tan creates intricate collages filled with whimsical images, bright colors, and meaningful prose. He invites his readers to look at the world in a different way.’
I was given this as a Christmas present, because my friend knows that I like quirky books.
‘The Lost Thing’ is a book aimed at predominately 6-11 year olds, but, after reading this, I felt like this book would be suitable for anyone, as the message of book is a very important one.
The writing style of this book was humorous and intelligent. It didn’t talk down to its readers and I loved the way this book played with words. I loved the flow of the story too, I wanted to know what was going to happen.
One of the most striking things about this book, were the illustrations. I loved the industrial look of the illustrations and the little hidden details within each picture, which keep you looking at them for a long time.
The message of this story was very poignant, particularly in society today. At first, I wasn’t exactly sure what the overall message of the story was, to be honest, but then I could apply many things to this story, individuality, selfishness and the fear of the ‘other’. So I think that this story is diverse in its message.
Not only was ‘The Lost Thing’ a fun book to read, but it was also very thought provoking.
I’d recommend this, to both children and adults.
My Rating: *****