is a well known Australian artist & illustrator with extremely quirky and original concepts which have an edge of pathos to them.
Many of his books have been made into short films and theatre productions.
(A little bit like Brian Selznick ("Hugo"),
in that his books are celebrations of story telling through illustration,
although Tan seems to be living/working in/with
much more fantastical worlds).
Some of my favourite of his books would have to be
"The Lost Thing",
"What Miscellaneous Abnormality is that?- a field guide"
If you haven't seen his work before
head over to his website at
to discover a little bit about him.