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Comics Excerpt: The Arrival Author Shaun Tan Tells Tales From Outer Suburbia

Start Slideshow Laurent and Jean de Brunhoff's Babar and his teammates are going all out to win the famous Celesteville Regatta (1989).

We were big fans of Shaun Tan's 2007 graphic novel The Arrival, naming it the best of the year – and we weren't alone, as the book garnered accolades everywhere and became a surprise bestseller. But that solemn, silent tale of immigration didn't prepare us for the wordy whimsy of Tan's new book, Tales From Outer Suburbia. Short, outlandish prose stories are interspersed with Tan's customary gorgeous, fantastical drawings. Is it a graphic novel? An illustrated book? Is it for children or adults? We don't know – we just know it's great.

Photo: Patrick McMullan