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From the visionary Shaun Tan, an inspirational story for all ages!

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.

Publisher: New York :, Arthur A. Levine Books,, ©2019.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781338298390
Branch Call Number: YA TAN
Characteristics: 31 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 26 cm


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May 15, 2019

Borrowed this awesome little book, thinking to read it to kids for story time. Then I discovered that it really isn't a kid's book. The artwork is fantastic. The story, while simple in text, is very profound. This book is zen!

lilacviolette Apr 05, 2019

Another breathtaking masterpiece. The ending was unexpected and beautiful.

Mar 27, 2019

This book is timely in so many ways as well as complex in its simplicity. My new favorite.

Mar 06, 2019

I suppose that younger readers can enjoy the surface-level story some. But the depth and breadth of the story (plus great illustrations) are best suited for high school through adult readers. I can see myself discussing this with roommates in college.

JCLHeatherC Mar 01, 2019

Beautifully sad and wonderfully odd. This one stayed with me.

JCLChrisK Feb 07, 2019

Enchantingly mysterious and beautiful.

JCLEmmaF Feb 04, 2019

Weird and bleakly gorgeous.

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