Author(s): Shaun Tan
From the visionary Shaun Tan, an inspirational story for all ages!
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 more.
Tan's latest masterpiece (one of two due for 2018) is the tale of Cicada - a data entry clerk in a bleak, colourless city. After seventeen years, it's time to retire. Cicada's life hasn't been kind - but the end of one life cycle is only the beginning of another. A short, simple tale loaded with meaning, finished with the quote:
"Calm and serene/ the sound of the Cicada/ penetrates the rock" - Matsuo Bash? (1644-94).
The second book, Tales from the Inner City - a companion to Tales from Outer Surburbia, is due in October.