The Red Tree, is a book about feelings - feelings that can not always be simply expressed in words
A small child awakes to find blackened leaves falling from her bedroom ceiling, threatening to quietly overwhelm her.
‘Sometimes you wake up with nothing to look forward to …’
As she wanders around a world that is complex, puzzling and alienating, she is overtaken by a myriad of feelings. Just as it seems all hope is lost, the girl returns to her bedroom to find that a tiny red seedling has grown to fill the room with warm light.
As a kind of fable, The Red Tree seeks to remind us that, though some bad feelings are inevitable, they are always tempered by hope.
Shaun Tan's award-winning books include the highly acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival, The Lost Thing, The Red Tree, The Rabbits and Tales from Outer Suburbia.
In 2011, Shaun won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, shared an Academy Award for his work on the animated short film version of his book The Lost Thing, and was presented with the Dromkeen Medal for services to children s literature in Australia.
Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E and as an animator on the Academy Award-winning short film adapted from his book The Lost Thing.
His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have won many prizes both in Australia and internationally.