Creature: Paintings, Drawings, and Reflections

Levine Querido. Nov. 2022. 224p. Tr $35. ISBN 9781646142002.
Gr 7 Up–This book is a collection of Tan’s artwork, both new and previously published pieces, along with essays about his creative process. Tan’s artwork is surreal, haunting, and thought-provoking, whether the images are sketched in pencil or crayon or painted in full vibrant colors. This book is geared towards older readers who want to take a deeper dive into Tan’s work, and they will be intrigued by his discussions of his favorite types of creatures, as well as the influence on his work, everything from films to mythology to his Australian roots. While this collection is being marketed for teens and adults, and the essays are clearly meant for an older audience, kids who love his artwork will also be captivated by the astonishing images.
VERDICT For Tan fans of all ages, as well as teens and adults who are looking for ideas on how to find inspiration and channel their own creativity.

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