Cicada

Cicada

Cicada tells the story of a hardworking little cicada who is completely unappreciated for what he does. But in the end, just when you think he's given up, he makes a transformation into something ineffably beautiful. A metaphor for growing up? A bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and .

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Title:Cicada
Author:Shaun Tan
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:Cicada
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

Cicada Reviews

  • Kathleen Dixon
    Jul 06, 2018
    This book came into the shop, and sold out almost immediately. Now we've got some more copies in and I've made sure to buy one for myself. Shaun Tan has a gift for saying a lot with simple pictures and very few words. So this book tells of workplace bullying (which is largely unchanged...
  • Brenda
    Jun 29, 2018
    What an absolutely delightful book! Aussie author Shaun Tan is one very talented man! The artwork in Cicada, a short but beautifully written children?s book, is spectacular; the story wonderful. Cicada has been working for the same company for seventeen years ? a hardworking li...
  • Brenda
    Sep 26, 2018
    This is my second reviewing of this one (for a challenge). The grandkids love it; the big kids love it (us!) So beautifully illustrated and written by Aussie author Shaun Tan, as are all his books. It's a book to read over and over again; one you'll never tire of. This magical read is ...
  • Donna
    Sep 01, 2018
    Shaun Tan is a master storyteller. Minimal text - emotive punch. Last few pages ... breathtaking. ...
  • Rebecca
    Aug 31, 2018
    Subtle, complex and a work of great beauty. On one level, it's a transformative tale about a downtrodden bug. On another, it feels like the story of every Asian-Australian kid in a corporate environment. All the feels. So brilliant. ...
  • Trudie
    Jul 06, 2018
    Ahhhh. I love Shaun Tan but this one was a massive disappointment. It looks as you would expect, bleakly gorgeous. But it takes about one minute to read and lacks much of the charm and depth of all his other works. Back to reread the The Red Tree and The Arrival to cheer myself up ...
  • Yolanda Sfetsos
    May 27, 2018
    I just received this lovely book, and the cover is so adorable I just had to read it right away. Well, I read it to my hubby. :) Cicada works in a building, and is an overworked, unappreciated data entry clerk. Cicada works and works. No matter how he's treated or ignored or doesn't...
  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    Jun 25, 2018
    This children's picture book by Shaun Tan is about Cicada, who is employed in an office as a data entry clerk and is under-appreciated and bullied in the workplace. I instantly felt for Cicada and was astonished at how quickly I became caught up and invested in his work/life circumstan...
  • Figgy
    Jul 06, 2018
    Proper review to come. Another stunning book from Shaun Tan, with a really important message about racism and immigrants, but told by a cicada. Having an insect (something that is decidedly not human) in place of a human who is treated the same as migrants will hopefully open som...
  • Marianne
    Oct 06, 2018
    Cicada is a picture-book intended for 7-9-year-olds, written and skilfully illustrated by award-winning Australian illustrator and author, Shaun Tan. Cicada has been working tirelessly as a data processor, without thanks, or privilege or reward, for the same humans, for seventeen years...
  • Kirra
    Aug 01, 2018
    Cicada is a book that conveys a deep and saddening emotion with only a few short lines to a page. In this illustrated short we meet Cicada, a hardworking and underappreciated employee of seventeen years that is bullied and poor. Instantly you're feeling so sad for the poor Cicada and w...
  • Bethwyn (Butterfly Elephant Books)
    May 31, 2018
    Shaun Tan has long been on of my favourite artists, and I adore his books. I have a vague recollection of him coming to a Primary School event of mine and reading his lovely book The Red Tree to me and my classmates, but that could have been some strange dream. Though he did used to li...
  • Simon Sweetman
    May 26, 2018
    Every Shaun Tan book is amazing. A journey. A trip. A world. This is one of his very best. ...
  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
    Aug 18, 2018
    150 perfectly chosen words. Reading this book, and taking in the illustrations was a truly immersive experience. Shaun Tan is a master of his craft, expressing so much and eliciting such strong emotions. I finished reading it and immediately thrust it into the hands of everyone stan...
  • Jenna
    Jul 08, 2018
    4.5 stars ...
  • Tegan
    Sep 05, 2018
    I like the illustrations and the ending surprised me. I found the writing a little monotonous and distractingly rhythmic, but perhaps that was supposed to be a reflection of Cicada's job and life. ...
  • Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
    Jul 02, 2018
    My View: Minimalist in style with simple illustrations but big on messages ? this book is a delight to read. https://youtu.be/_0OoS5WsPDY ...
  • Tim Riley
    Aug 07, 2018
    Shaun Tan has done it again. ...
  • Astrid Edwards
    Jul 07, 2018
    Cicada is a work that packs a punch regardless of your age. Shaun Tan had my family ? my 62 year old mother and 46 year old partner, as well as my 7 and 4 year old nieces ? quiet, contemplative and on the edge of their seats. On the surface, this is a commentary about the inanit...
  • Lili
    Jul 09, 2018
    While this is lovely, as is always the case for Shaun Tan's works, I felt that it fell a bit short of expectations, and didn't quite live up to the memory (my own personal memory) of his other works. Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Arrival and The Rabbits all resonated much more deeply ...
  • Bec
    May 29, 2018
    I don't know how, in 150 words, Shaun Tan ripped my heart out and then breathed it back to life. His drawings, detail and observation of life is nothing but raw and beautiful. Immediately after finishing it, my first thought was: "How burdened and grey we are, without freedom and creat...
  • Dariusz Płochocki
    Jul 09, 2018
    Przejmuj?ce. Krtkie. Ma?e. Jak cykada. Tok. Tok. Tok. ...
  • Brona's Books
    Jun 08, 2018
    For anyone who has been under-appreciated, over-worked, ignored or misunderstood Shaun Tan's latest offering, Cicada, will break your heart, then put it back together again. He does it to me EVERY SINGLE TIME! With his magic combination of perfect word choice and stunning illustr...
  • Karys McEwen
    Jul 22, 2018
    My library colleague and I read this yesterday morning and both couldn?t stop talking about it for the rest of the day. Traumatic and beautiful. ...
  • Stef (Noveltea Corner)
    Aug 15, 2018
    I've been a huge fan of Shaun Tan's work ever since I was introduced to it throughThe Red Tree and I was really excited when I heard that he had a new picture book coming out. Cicadais the story of a (you guessed it!) cicada who, inexplicably, works in an office building alongside ...
  • Adam Pluszka
    Sep 24, 2018
    Przecudne <3 ...
  • Tash Turgoose
    Aug 07, 2018
    Oh, my heart. This book is wonderful. ...
  • Melanie Schubert
    Jul 21, 2018
    Simple, poignant words. Intricate, soulful illustrations and a relevant, moving message that will resonate with many. Another masterpiece by Shaun Tan. Tok! Tok! Tok! ...
  • Coco Kathleen
    Jul 22, 2018
    A pure display of what our society has become. ...
  • ns510
    Jul 15, 2018
    2.5 stars - 3 stars. Excellent artwork, story was ok. (But I guess I?m not the target audience!) ...