Book Review: Cicada by Shaun Tan

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Title: Cicada
Author: Shaun Tan
Publication Date: July 1st 2018

Synopsis: 'Cicada work in tall building.
Data entry clerk. Seventeen year.
No sick day. No mistake.
Tok Tok Tok!

Cicada works in an office, dutifully toiling day after day for unappreciative bosses and being bullied by his coworkers. But one day, cicada goes to the roof of the building, and something truly extraordinary happens...

A story for anyone who has ever felt unappreciated, overlooked or overworked, from Australia's most acclaimed picture book creator.'

My thoughts: Shaun Tan has long been on of my favourite artists, and I adore his books. I have a vague recollection of him coming to a Primary School event of mine and reading his lovely book The Red Tree to me and my classmates, but that could have been some strange dream. Though he did used to live really nearby to my house...

Anyway, Tan manages once again to completely rip open my heart and then give it back to me with a tiny little piece of hope to mend it, like using kintsugi on a bowl or cup. I don't really want to say much about the story, because the synopsis does a pretty good job, I just urge you to have a read and then have a think about what Tan could be addressing, what it all means, and maybe to swoon over his art. At least a little.

Highly recommended (but not for kids, I don't think... more for adults this one. Tok Tok Tok!)

[I received a review copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!!]

You would like this book if: You like Shaun Tan's other work and are familiar with the things he addresses; you love beautiful art with deep messages and a little humour thrown in. Oh, and a little heartbreak.

Rating: 10/10

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