“Masterpiece” is an understatement. Shaun Tan expertly demonstrates how visuals shape narrative, drawing on techniques from both high art and comic book / graphic novel art, creating a deeply complex story without relying on text, evoking emotional responses in readers that draw them into the story to create empathy and experiential learning.
Gaiman is a master, no matter what the medium and/or genre. In this book, his Delphic style, complex epistemology, and multi-layered themes and symbolism are translated into a narrative offering pensive and nebulous subject matter that is relevant, challenging and engaging for younger readers.
Responding to the experience of terminal illness without the veil of denial, Hazel and Augustus write the stories of their existence with passion and the fullness of life, defining meaning-making for themselves.
A representation of how children and youth construct a complex personal worldview through translating their individual experiences, and how this process provides a framework for engaging with others and the world around them.
A post-colonial narrative wherein the latter effects of colonialism continue to shape the life experiences of the colonized, this book represents a reconciliation forged through a new pathway rather than through fundamental resolution. Insights shared by the author as a de facto epilogue diverge from those of other Indigenous writers.
Exploring the infinite potential for human resiliency in the face of immense personal losses and unimaginable horrors, and the capacity for love, renewal and self-healing.