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Congratulations Shaun Tan

In addition to the recent win at the Oscars for ‘The Lost Thing’, it has just been announced that Shaun Tan is the recipient of the presitgious 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

This award is the largest given out for children’s and young adult literature. What an incredible year Shaun is having.

The award jury had this to say about Shaun : “a masterly visual storyteller, pointing the way ahead to new possibilities for picture books. His pictorial worlds constitute a separate universe where nothing is self-evident and anything is possible. Memories of childhood and adolescence are fixed reference points, but the pictorial narrative is universal and touches everyone, regardless of age. Behind a wealth of minutely detailed pictures, where civilization is criticized and history depicted through symbolism, there is a palpable warmth. People are always present, and Shaun Tan portrays both our searching and our alienation. He combines brilliant, magical narrative skill with deep humanism.”

Further information about Shaun and the award can be found here.

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