Review: Cicada by Shaun Tan

I have mixed feelings about Cicada. It’s beautifully illustrated, I feel like it has an important message about human existence, and yet it’s pretty depressing for a children’s book.

Cicada starts with an insect working at a human job but being treated as sub-human. He can’t afford a home, so he lives in the company walls. He retires quietly, then heads to the roof and stands on the edge. Depressing, right?

Now, he ends up molting, getting his wings, flying off with the other cicadas, and laughing at the humans, but it just went to a really dark place there. I personally enjoy it, but I’m not sure about it for my children.

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