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Tales from Outer Suburbia

Tales from Outer Suburbia

Tales from Outer Suburbia
by Shaun Tan
ISBN 0771084021

This imaginatively illustrated collection of stories was good, but I often wondered "is this just weird for the sake of being original?"  I'm not sure how I feel about it, entirely.  The illustrations were gorgeous and there were several stories that were memorable and undeniably refreshing ("Eric").  However, many stories seemed to be almost... pointless ("The Turtle Rescue").  I absolutely hate saying that.  I wondered at the end of some stories, "What am I missing here?  Am I not smart enough to understand what the point of this is?"

I have never read a book like this... I would describe it as a picture book for adults.  There's nothing graphic or too adult-themed for kids, but I doubt any child under 13 would appreciate the themes throughout.  Kids are certainly not the intended audience.  

In the end, I am settling on three stars because I don't know that it would be the first thing I'd recommend to a friend.  On the other hand, it is short and capable of being read in a single sitting.  So it isn't as if there is a huge time commitment trying it out.

I'm interested in what other readers think of this book, so if you have read "Tales from Outer Suburbia" please share your thoughts.

Rating: 3/5

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