Tales from outer suburbia is more of an illustrated story book containing 15 short fantasy stories and its a childrens book but more for those above 12 year old because some of the stories are well very surreal its the surrealism of the illustrations that really caught my attention. Breathtakingly illustrated and hauntingly written tales from outer suburbia is by turns hilarious and poignant perceptive and goofy through a series of captivating and sophisticated illustrated stories tan explores the precious strangeness of our existence. Tales from outer suburbia differs from the arrival as greatly as maus differs from mars needs moms tan has shifted from a silent and captivating depiction of the displacement and wonder felt by a family of immigrants to a collection of endearing short stories about the bizarre happenings in a quaint little town. Tales from outer suburbia is an anthology of fifteen very short illustrated stories each one is about a strange situation or event that occurs in an otherwise familiar suburban world a visit from a nut sized foreign exchange student a sea creature on someones front lawn a new room discovered in a family home a sinister machine installed . Tales from outer suburbia stands somewhere between the two its probably not for younger children though the stories are short its knowing sense of humour may be better suited to more
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