Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shaun Tan wins biggest kids' literature prize

The Australian, 29 March 2011
Oscar-winning artist, illustrator and director Shaun Tan. Picture: Craig Borrow -  Source: Herald Sun

FOLLOWING his recent Oscar success Australian illustrator and author Shaun Tan has won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden - the largest children's literature award.

The award, which amounts to 5 million krona ($764,6000), was announced in Stockholm tonight.

Melbourne-based Tan has illustrated more than 20 books, including The Rabbits (1998), The Lost Thing (2000), The Red Tree (2001), The Arrival (2006) and Tales from Outer Suburbia (2008).

His award citation read: "Shaun Tan has reinvented the picture book by creating visually spectacular pictorial narratives with a constant human presence."

In February Tan won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for his 15-minute film The Lost Thing.

And report in The Guardian.

1 comment:

Susan Pearce said...

Hurray. 'That looks like an object from a Shaun Tan book,' I told a man in an Aro Valley garage who was renovating an ancient bike pannier (various shades of brown, and many straps and shadows). He didn't know who I meant. Hopefully this award will bring Tan a bigger audience.