The Viewer! by Gary Crew, illustrated by Shaun Tan (group set, 7 books)

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Written by acclaimed horror writer Gary Crew, The Viewer tells the peculiar story of a boy whose obsession with curious artefacts leads him to discover an strange box at a dump site. It proves to be an ancient chest full of optical devices, one of which captures his interest; an intricately mechanical object which carries disks of images; scenes of destruction, violence and the collapse of civilisations throughout time. The boy is afraid, but also cannot help but look into the machine time and time again as the images shift and change…


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Shaun Tan interviewed by Nikki Gamble

Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of 'The Lost Thing' and 'The Red Tree', both of which have won international awards such as the Honourable Mention in the BolognaRagazzi Prize, were CBCA Honour Books and have been widely translated. Previous books Shaun has illustrated include 'The Rabbits' by John Marsden (CBCA Picture Book of the Year) and with Gary Crew, 'Memorial' (A CBCA Honour Book) and 'The Viewer' (winner of the Crichton Award for illustration). In 2001 Shaun received the 'World Fantasy Best Artist Award' for his body of work. Shaun is the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award. The award described Shaun as 'a masterly visually storyteller'.

Tell us about your background. Are you fine art or illustration trained?

My background is in fine art. I didn’t study illustration formally but I have always been interested in books and illustration as a hobby. I want to a high school that had a special art programme, which basically meant there was some extra attention given to the visual arts curriculum.

When I left high school, I didn’t know what to do. I was notable for being a good drawer (probably just that!). I had a lot of other interests. I liked writing. My older brother was very interested in science and I followed quite a lot of his interests. However, I ended up doing an arts degree which comprised four subjects: history, philosophy, fine arts and English literature.

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