The Arrival, by Shaun Tan, is the wordless story of a man who leaves his home and emigrates to a new country. So simple, so universal, but the reader wonders: is it history? Science fiction? Fantasy? Fable? What are these strange machines and bizarre creatures? How will the man survive in this weird new world, and how do the stories of other immigrants weave with his?
This book will take you maybe 20 minutes to read, but you will want to go back and reread it a few more times to really appreciate the artwork. And if you know anyone who’s new to this country, this would make the perfect gift.