Creature: Paintings, Drawings, and Reflections


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Levine Querido
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10.1 X 10.9 X 1.6 inches | 3.5 pounds

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About the Author

Shaun Tan is an artist, writer, and filmmaker from Perth, Australia. Known for his dream-like imagery and fantastical creatures, Shaun's work is enjoyed world-wide by children and adults alike. Shaun is the recipient of an Academy Award for the short, animated film The Lost Thing, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, and the Kate Greenaway Medal in the UK. He currently resides in Melbourne. Visit him online at


"[Creature] is a visually exhilarating and hallucinatory book. It represents everything about creatureliness that is vulnerable, untameable, frightening, rule-breaking and free."-- Orion Magazine
"This much-anticipated volume is an engaging collection of essays illuminating Tan's methods, and includes advice for writers and artists. Drawing upon 25 years as a picture book and comic creator, painter and filmmaker, Creature explores the central obsession of Tan's vision, from casual doodles to oil paintings." -- Print Magazine
"Whimsical, cerebral, socially aware, grotesque and cuddly, Tan's artistic universe runs the emotional gamut."--NPR
"Both instantly recognizable and perfectly unique. Extraordinary."--GeekDad

[STAR] "In this affecting retrospective, author/illustrator Tan acts as artist, curator, interpretive essayist, and catalog editor for a gallery of over two hundred pieces of his own works that highlight a dominant theme of animate beings--some real, most invented, but all fellow travelers through our world and through our psyches." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred)