A review of Shaun Tan‘s The Arrival headlines The New York Times Book Review‘s special focus on children’s books this week. Gene Yang, author of the National Book Award-nominated graphic novel American Born Chinese, reviews the book for the Times and notes:

Some of the most accomplished graphic novels in existence are never identified as such. Maurice Sendak’s “In the Night Kitchen” comes to mind, as does Peggy Rathmann’s “Good Night, Gorilla” and David Wiesner’s recent Caldecott winner “Flotsam.” Sendak, Rathmann and Wiesner are best known as children’s book illustrators, but these particular works are pure comics in the way they construct their narratives.

The issue also includes a review of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and with comic strip illustrations by Ellen Forney.



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