Cicada

Cicada

From the visionary Shaun Tan, an inspirational story for older picture book readers and beyond 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 unapprec From the visionary Shaun Tan, an inspirational story for older picture book readers and beyond Cicada tells the story ...

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

Cicada Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    Feb 05, 2019
    Shaun Tan is the author of the wordless masterpiece, The Arrival. Cicada is less ambitious, more minimal on almost every level, though it does feature about 150 words, written in a kind of representation of how some Asians might speak if they are learning English. Cicada work in ta...
  • Dolly
    Feb 27, 2019
    Strange, but oddly resonant tale of the seventeen years of a cicada's wait to break free from its shell and emerge as an adult. The illustrations, created using oil on canvas and paper, are dark and often foreboding with just the touch of green and later, red. They convey the solitu...
  • Julie Suzanne
    Apr 11, 2019
    Poignant. Concise. Quick to read, but keeps you thinking about it long after. An allegory for the plight of exploited, hard-working Asian immigrants, I think, and it's hopeful and made me really care. I thought of The Arrival, and then realized it's the same author. Of course! ...
  • 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 ...
  • Chance Lee
    Oct 16, 2018
    bleak af ...
  • Donna
    Sep 01, 2018
    Shaun Tan is a master storyteller. Minimal text - emotive punch. Last few pages ... breathtaking. ...
  • Elizabeth A
    Feb 27, 2019
    2.5 stars. This picture book must be for an older age group than most books of this kind. Cicada works in data entry and is mistreated, bullied, underpaid, and underappreciated. That ending though! Was it only me or did something feel lost in translation? The art is fantastic...
  • 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...
  • Laura
    Mar 08, 2019
    Cicada is another head scratching, wonder inducing read by Shaun Tan. Once again, I find myself saying, ?Hmmm,? after a Tan read. But isn?t that what magic is sometimes? The not knowing? The wonder! The mystery! We are introduced to a suit clad cicada toiling away in a cu...
  • Jen
    Feb 04, 2019
    Simple, sad and ultimately, uplifting. Depressing. Wish we could have seen the forest he went to. The green and beauty might have helped this to be a tad less bleak. 4 solid stars. ...
  • 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...
  • Melki
    Apr 14, 2019
    Cicada has worked as a data entry clerk in a tall office building for seventeen years. For all those years he has been treated horribly by the humans. But, today is Cicada's last day. Things are about to happen. What Oh, The Places You'll Go! is to graduation gifts, this b...
  • 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...
  • Danielle
    Jan 16, 2019
    Gripping, suspenseful, surprising, sad, beautiful, smart. Shaun Tan is, as always, an inspiration to anyone thinking about creating something original and to anyone wanting to be moved by experiencing something original. ...
  • 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...
  • Veronika Sebechlebská
    Apr 14, 2019
    ?ítam u? asi desiaty krát, ale to prvé kmitnutie cikádích krídel mi zaka?dým rozseká du?u na franforce. ...
  • 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...
  • Mario
    Feb 02, 2019
    No. 2.5 ...
  • 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...
  • Mathew
    Oct 24, 2018
    A picturebook that nudges close to being wordless with only 150 words throughout and many of them repeated, Cicada tells the story of a little bug who spends 17 years working thanklessly and largely ignored in a high-rise office. The world he inhabits flits between shades of grey and ...
  • Sophie Anderson
    Nov 15, 2018
    I choked up, cried sad tears. Then I cried happy tears. Then I thought about the book all day. Shaun Tan is a genius. ...
  • DaViD´82
    Mar 11, 2019
    Nejlep?í "kafkovské" velkoformátové ilustrace ?iroko daleko. Shaun Tan v budoucnu prost? MUSÍ ilustrovat Prom?nu; p?es to vlak nejede. Jiná v?c je, ?e je zde i jakýsi tuctový text, kde to ji? s tím jako?e podobenstvím a jako?e kafkárnou není nijak valné. Navíc j...
  • ns510
    Jul 15, 2018
    2.5 stars - 3 stars. Excellent artwork, story was ok. (But I guess I?m not the target audience!) ...