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Tales from the Inner City

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  158 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
TALES FROM THE INNER CITY is a collection of incredibly original stories, rich with feeling, strangely moving, almost numinous. And when the reader comes to the artwork, it's like walking into an amazing room, and then throwing open a curtain to see a brilliant scene that makes you understand and appreciate everything you've encountered in a deeper way.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published September 2018)
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Justin Green Halfway point? As in halfway through the book? Don't know - I would stick to the shorter more accessible chapters though, in no particular order. The…moreHalfway point? As in halfway through the book? Don't know - I would stick to the shorter more accessible chapters though, in no particular order. The last chapter (human) sums it all up though.(less)

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T.D. Whittle
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shaun-tan, reviews
'Your money is meaningless to us,' said the bears. 'You grasp economics with the same clawless paws you use for fumbling justice.'

And, once again, the bears showed us.

There they were, God help us, the Ledgers of the Earth, written in clouds and glaciers and sediments, tallied in the colours of the sun and the moon as light passed through the millennial sap of every living thing, and we looked upon it all with dread. Ours was not the only fiscal system in the world, it turned out. And worse, our
An absolutely fascinating collection of what I can only think of describing as post-modern cautionary tales which, through our relationship with animals, explores man's materialistic obsessions and how we have lost our relationship with animals and the natural world.
As with all Tan's work, interpretation is left open and meanings will be rich and varied with some stories' messages clearer than others (perhaps). It is fascinating to think that the blend between extended written narrative and glo
Maxwell Leaning
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite dreamlike and surreal. The advanced reader's copy we received at the bookstore had only a handful of stories, however they were unique and intriguing and the illustrations were phenomenal. I look forward to getting a chance to read the full thing.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I remember reading The Arrival a long time ago and I love the artwork, but this book is even better. Again, Tan's artwork is amazing. He has that painterly style I would kill for where his subject can be a gray, dismal city but his brush strokes and dabs and dots of color that shine through so beautifully! His writing is also unique and fun to read, but with sad undertones as each tale has to do with an animal, and it never seems to go well for said animal, and the human(s) doesn't seem to reali ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Shaun Tan! This time focusing on the relationship between humans and animals, with amazing artwork to go along with the short stories. Some of my favorites were: Crocodile, Dog, Cat, Bear, Owl, and Rhinoceros.
Everything Shaun Tan does is amazing. This collection of surreal stories about animals in the city is longer, but, like a picture book, does a lot with the visual impact of a page turn, many of which reveal haunting double-page paintings that end each story with a vision that you may or may not have been picturing. Teens and adults will find much to discuss here. I was reminded at different times of stories by Margo Lanagan and Ray Bradbury, and also the visually mysterious book The Mysteries of ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very significant book. It is dark and often difficult to read, especially the shark, pig and fish chapters. But its message about the interconnectedness between humans and animals is incredibly important. Animals have largely not been respected by humans. They have been abused, tortured, imprisoned and murdered throughout recorded history. And yet, humans still consider themselves the enlightened, superior beings. Tan cleverly exposes the truth. He does this through a beautiful blend o ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, teen
Don't miss Shaun Tan's work if you want to see the best boundary-pushing of the visual storytelling format in books. - Becky O, Collection Development

Reserve a library copy.
Tom Evans
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I now know why Shaun Tan is so critically acclaimed, an incredible collection of stories complemented by outstanding illustrations.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a gorgeous books. Review TK for Kidsreads or Teenreads.
Jürgen Peeters
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mijn recensie van 'Verhalen uit de binnenstad' verscheen op 'Tzum'
Katy Wineke
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Preview chapters only. Beautiful, can’t wait to see the rest.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, reviews
This book is peculiar, intelligent and beautiful all in one. It consists of a number of different short tales, each from a different perspective and featuring a different animal, and issue, in each. There are absolutely stunning illustrations throughout, sometimes pages at a time - this method of showing rather than telling really worked for me - which accompany each story. Some of the illustrations are eerie, dark and telling while others are really beautiful and full of colour; the illustratio ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first hint that you're in for something completely whimsical and magical in TALES FROM THE INNER CITY is the wondrous illustration on the cover. Inexplicably, a young boy is holding a large glowing fish. It's eye-catching and enticing and a perfect first glimpse at a really incredible book.

TALES FROM THE INNER CITY by Shaun Tan is a masterpiece of poetic language, colorful drawings and heartbreaking stories. Each separate piece is centered on a surreal animal, mammal or insect --- a vignette
I loved author/illustrator Shaun Tan's short story collection, Tales from Outer Suburbia. It was weird and whimsical and as oddly satisfying as taking a small, hesitant taste of a strange new food (like starfruit or kimchi) and discovering it's delicious beyond what you have words to describe. So when I learned a brand new collection, Tales from the Inner City, was out, I was beyond excited and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Tales from the Inner City is one of those rare (make that RARE) o
Katy Noyes
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Moving and beautiful set of city-set animal/ecology sketches.

4.5 stars.

Shaun Tan's picture books are exquisite, often profound. This is for older readers, and has serious points to make in its series of vignettes that take place in an anonymous city.

Some worked wonderfully well, poignant stories of human interactions with animals, of greed, thoughtlessness, sadness, love. A few went over my head and I didn't enjoy, but the vast majority were poetic and some even heart-breaking.

My favourites were
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a real treasure! Goodreads should allow assigning 6 stars from time to time, like once a month or something.

Tales from the City gives you the full package. However, unlike previous graphic novels by Shaun Tan, this one focuses more on the writing. One still gets to enjoy the magical illustrations, each an art piece complete in its own right, but this time around they are accompanied by beautiful, 2-3-page stories and poems. Stories from the inner city. All telling us, as well as as
Kate Samworth
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. Buy a copy! You will want to look at it again and again. I love his style, color combinations, and imagination. This is a dark, melancholy, dystopian series of vignettes based on the natural world and read, in my opinion, as elegies. His writing is poetic and animates his images. Each vignette is a fantasy inspired by a different bird, animal, or insect. People have receded into the background for the most part, and the creatures do unusual or unlikely things. The wo ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, profound, heart-breaking.

Shaun Tan explores the human relationship with animals from all facets - the warmth we share with a domestic pet to the destruction we've caused for wild species - through his utterly unique and characteristic way of making everything seem pretty while discussing the darkest subjects.

I adore how he transcends every literary boundary with his works (while simultaneously being annoyed that they keep getting shelved in the junior section). You're a true gift to
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Incredible illustrations and intriguing stories about what it means to be human in the city. Different animals are featured and the text will challenge readers to look at their relationship to the natural world in new ways. I would say that this might be a challenging read for kids, but worth the effort.
Rebecca Honeycutt
Y'all, I am not a crier (at least not about books), but the stunning art in this book brought me to tears TWICE. If you're an animal lover, prepare yourself for the possibility of emotional onslaught with every page-turn reveal.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful jewel of a book - short stories of animals and our human relationships (or not) with them. Difficult to review as I have never encountered writing and illustrating like this before. A beautiful (and quick) read. The art is exquisite.
Reagan Elly
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
100/10, I loved this.
Katie Florida
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very unexpected and completely enthralling. Shaun Tan paints pictures with his words as vivid and compelling as those painted with his brush. An absolute delight.
Noelle Kelly
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful images paired with thought provoking and surprising stories.
Anna Jeffries
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a really beautiful book between its words and its illustrations. Sweet and surreal and strange and weirdly lovely.
Greg Wilson
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Undeniably, genius.
Stevo Brock
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a Best of the Best for the month of November 2018, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet.
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Shaun Tan (born 1974) is the illustrator and author of award-winning children's books. After freelancing for some years from a studio at Mt. Lawley, Tan relocated to Melbourne, Victoria in 2007. Tan was the Illustrator in Residence at the University of Melbourne's Department of Language Literacy and Arts Education for two weeks through an annual Fellowship offered by the May Gibbs Children’s Liter ...more
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