If you had the stamina to sit through the Oscars over the weekend, you might have watched Shaun Tan receive an Academy Award for the best short film. That film was called The Lost Thing, and it is one of three stories featured in his amazing new book Lost & Found.
And we are giving away copies to three lucky Nerd Approved readers!
The video above is a clip from the award-winning film—but as magical as it is, the book is an even bigger gem. It consists of the The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and The Rabbits—three beautiful stories that are so richly illustrated that it’s hard not to get lost in them. It’s the kind of book that I’ll probably grab time and time again because it is impossible to capture all of the detail in just one sitting.
At first glance you might thing this book would be for children, though I would say that you would have to be approaching adulthood to actually grasp it. Still, my wife (a second grade teacher) did bring the book to read to her class. They were predictably captivated by the images, but the true meaning of these three dark, poetic tales was over their heads. As the author describes it:
“They are each in their own way tales of loss and recovery, and a question about belonging in the absence of any direct language – where central characters hardly speak – as though some things are too strange, personal, or confronting for words.”
The bottom line is this—E-books may be the future, but traditional books will always have a place because of works like Lost & Found. A masterpiece like this simply cannot be conveyed properly in a digital format. Just thumb through it at your local bookstore and you’ll see why.
That having been said, three lucky readers will get a chance to explore the book for themselves without having to make a trip or spend a dime. All you need to do is follow Nerd Approved on Facebook and comment in the contest thread, or follow us on Twitter and tweet this post with the hashtag #giveaway. You can also enter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Lost & Found Contest” in the subject line.
The contest is open to US and Canadian residents only—a winner will be chosen at random. The last day to enter is March 8th. Good luck!