Dog, by Shaun Tan
I love Shaun Tan’s work, and one of the sheer thrills of my job is that I had the privilege of interviewing him a couple of years ago at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. His art is detailed and gorgeous, and the stories he tells are thoughtful and compelling.
Dog was originally part of Tan’s Tales from the Inner City, and has been reimagined in this stand-alone book, which represents the enduring relationships between human and canine across time and stages of life. It’s as stunning as you would expect from such an incredible artist, and I keep going back to examine each page, stroking it with my fingers to try and absorb the depth and texture he manages to bring to something that is so fundamentally 2 dimensional. If you have a picture book lover, and art lover or a dog lover in your life, this would make a perfect gift.