The Singing Bones - Inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales

Author(s): Shaun Tan

Picture Books

In this beautifully presented volume, the essence of seventy-five fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm is wonderfully evoked by Shaun Tan's extraordinary sculptures. Nameless princes, wicked stepsisters, greedy kings, honourable peasants and ruthless witches, tales of love, betrayal, adventure and magical transformation: all inspiration for this stunning gallery of sculptural works. Introduced by Grimm Tales author Philip Pullman and leading fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes, The Singing Bones breathes new life into some of the world's most beloved fairy tales...'These little figures of clay, with their simplified features, their single attributes, are perfect realisations of the strangeness of the characters they represent.' - Philip Pullman.


Product Information

Winner of Aurealis Award for Excellence in Fiction: Best Illustrated Book or Graphic Novel 2015. Shortlisted for Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Children's Book 2016. Long-listed for ABIA Australian Book of the Year 2016.

Shaun Tan grew up in Perth, Western Australia and currently works as an artist, writer and film-maker in Melbourne. He began creating images for science fiction stories in small- press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the graphic novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for Pixar and Blue Sky Studios, and won an Academy Award for the short film adaptation of The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, in recognition of his services to literature for young people.

General Fields

  • : 9781760111038
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • : March 2015
  • : 240mm X 185mm
  • : Australia
  • : September 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Shaun Tan
  • : 192
  • : Shaun Tan
  • : Hardback