by Jamie F., May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
I will admit to having a special place in my heart for children's picture books. They appeal to me because of their simplicity in design and message. They are the pink cupcakes of the book world when you don't feel like reading a serious chiffon cake. However, The Lost Thing is the best of both desserts. Shaun Tan excels in illustration. He creates intricate collages filled with whimsical images, bright colors, and meaningful prose. His stories convey a message that can be appreciated by both children and adults. This particular story speaks of acceptance of things that are unusual and out of the ordinary and, beyond acceptance, seeing the beauty of those things.