The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook
by Shaun King
Suggested Ages: 10+
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Description: A new book of sketches, artwork, and personal
reflection from the brilliant mind of award-winning, bestselling author
and illustrator Shaun Tan.
"I'm often wary of using the word 'inspiration' to introduce my work —
it sounds too much like a sun shower from the heavens, absorbed by a
passive individual enjoying an especially receptive moment. While that
may be the case on rare occasions, the reality is usually far more
prosaic. Staring at a blank piece of paper, I can't think of anything
original. I feel utterly uninspired and unreceptive. It's the familiar
malaise of 'artist's block' and in such circumstances there is only one
thing to do: just start drawing." —Shaun Tan
And when Shaun Tan starts drawing, the results are stunning. In The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook,
we find a window into the creative process: the stops and starts, the
ideas that never took off, and the ones that grew into something much
bigger. Fans of The Arrival will recognize the quirky, surreal
sensibility that is so distinctly Shaun Tan in this stunning collection,
and gain insight into how his many gorgeous books were made.
Jake's Review: The pictures are really unusual and the guy is seriously talented. But I am thinking this book is more for adults or kids who really, really want to become an illustrator or artist. It was neat to look through but not something I would keep.
Jake's Rating: 5/10
Mom's Review: Shaun Tan is a wonderful creative man with a truly outrageous imagination. His work is whimsical, fun, dreamlike and almost haunting at times. A truly fascinating look into the mind and process of an artist. I definitely agree with Jake on one thing though, this one isn't for your average kid. If you have a budding artist on your hand though or just a huge fan of Tan, this one is for you.
Mom's Rating: 8/10
We received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
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