Australian author-illustrator Shaun Tan has won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren prize - the richest children's literature prize in the world! This master story-teller has written/illustrated over 20 books, creating intricate and amazing worlds within his books. Most recently, his book 'Tales from Outer Suburbia' was hailed by the Guardian as quite possibly "the most beautiful book you'll see all year". Also, at this year's Academy Awards, Tan won the Oscar for best animated short for his film based on his picture book 'The Lost Thing.'
The Astrid Lindgren Prize was set up by the Swedish Government in 2002 to honour the work of authors, illustrators and story-tellers who work in 'the spirit of Lindgren' (author of Pippi Longstocking, The Brothers Lionheart', 'Ronia the Robber's Daughter' and many other marvellous children's books.) Previous winners include Maurice sendak and Philip Pullman. Shaun Tan's lyrical illustrations tell the stories in terms of contemporary fables, tackling some difficult issues and still evoking a beauty and humanity that make them accessible to children and adults alike.
Heartfelt congratulations, Shaun.