Lost and Found by Shaun Tan

Lost and Found by Shaun Tan is a graphic novel containing three unique and interesting short stories. Each tell a simple story with simple plots but the heavy messages in those stories are what ultimately invests a reader in the story. Even more impressive is the art style and sheer creativity in expressing the pieces in the book. Shaun Tan’s style is hard to pin down, its like a mixture of minimalistic, steampunk, cartoonish, and abstract. A different style is expressed in each of the stories to give them individuality, tone, and mood. Personally, the book sent me down into a smooth river of feelings and emotions that subtly changed after each story was told. It was a riveting experience that ended all too soon because of the books width. However, the novel’s depth weighs more heavily than the books length. Like a song we understand just as much it understands us in such a short amount of time. Before I began the awe-inspiring journey, I picked up the novel and found curiosity in its bizarre art style that I would later call beautiful. Like the perfect song, I fell in love with its deep, hidden meaning and emotional art. Anyone who likes to find special meaning in lost and forgotten things ought to give this little book an audience.

Reviewed by Autumn Greene

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

the language of flowers cover imageSummary: Victoria has spent most of her childhood in foster-care. She has problems with connecting to people and messed up the one chance she had at having a family. Through her relationship with Elizabeth, she learns the meanings that flowers were give during Victorian times. When she is emancipated at the age of 18, she finds herself on the street with nowhere to go. She makes a connection with a busy florist who needs help and recognizes Victoria’s unique gift for finding the perfect flowers for customers. Victoria chooses the flowers based on the customer’s emotional needs and they find that their wishes are answered.

While working with the florist Victoria reconnects with someone from her past and is able to confront her secret and set out to make it right and finally find the happiness she has longed for.

Why I picked it up: It was recommended to me by a couple of close friends.

Why I kept reading it: Victoria is a really interesting character. Most people would give up on her but she loved plants and photography and is interested in art like I am. I wanted to find out if she would finally find the family that she so desperately wanted.

Who I would give it to next: I’m sharing it with all my friends who like a good coming-of-age story.

Reviewed by Mrs. Accorinti