Cicada

Cicada Review

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 unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and more.

Title:Cicada
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • David Schaafsma

    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 representat...

  • Brenda

    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. Cic...

  • Trudie

    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...

  • Marianne

    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 proce...

  • Jen

    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....

  • Mathew

    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 ...

  • Figgy

    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) i...

  • Brenda

    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...

  • Bec

    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 finish...

  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum

    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...