Collects three stories by Shaun Tan that explore how people lose and find what matters most to them, as a girl finds a bright spot in a dark world, a boy leads a strange, lost being home, and a group of peaceful creatures loses its home to cruel invaders.
Each of the nine short stories in this collection focuses on surviving the apocalypse and highlights moments when the extraordinary becomes real. The stories include a cosmic traveler who plans a world catastrophe, prehistoric monsters that emerge from abandoned basements, disturbing presences from the other side that become more active, and gigantic gummy bears that invade Barcelona. These remarkable tales explore how daily routines can fly out the window, encouraging readers to reflect on their own lives.
A famous naturalist seeks a near-extinct species of bird found only on the rarest of lands in "Audubon in Atlantis." A young American on a European holiday finds himself storming an enchanted German castle in "The Catcher in the Rhine." The philosopher Sokrates plays a key role in the Athenian victory over the Spartans in "The Daimon." Centaurs take a sea voyage aboard "The Horse of Bronze" to a land where they encounter a strange and frightening tribe of creatures known as man. London's most famous detective, Athelstan Helms, and his assistant Dr.