Buy an exclusive signed print of The Red Tree


The Red Tree

We are thrilled to announce an exclusive offer – a very limited edition of a print by Shaun Tan that is now available for purchase. It is a key illustration from his award-winning picture book The Red Tree, published by Lothian Books, Hachette Australia.

"The Red Tree is probably the most loved of all my books, judging from the feedback and letters I receive. And of course this image is probably the most popular of all my paintings." – Shaun Tan

An original digital print, in an edition of 500, was sold out and requests for this image have continued for several years. This new edition has been redesigned and formatted by Shaun exclusively for the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA), in a limited edition of 53. The print itself measures 300 cms (w) x 310 cms (h).

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All proceeds from sales of these prints go to the ACLA – the not-for-profit organisation that manages the Australian Children's Laureate program.

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Each print is numbered and signed personally by Shaun Tan, and comes with this card of authenticity:


This initiative is made possible through the combined generosity of Shaun Tan and the Splitting Image (printers of this edition) in support of ACLA and its principle project, the Australian Children’s Laureate - national ambassador for reading and story.

There are only 53 of these special prints.

The first in the edition comes with a signed hardback of The Red Tree picture book and is available for a special price. UPDATE: Print #1 has now sold. Standard prints are still available – but selling fast.

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About The Red Tree

tanThe Red Tree is a story without any particular narrative; a series of distinct imaginary worlds as self-contained images which invite readers to draw their own meaning in the absence of any written explanation. As a concept, the book is inspired by the impulse of children and adults alike to describe feelings using metaphor - monsters, storms, sunshine, rainbows and so on. Moving beyond cliché, I sought painted images that might further explore the expressive possibilities of this kind of shared imagination, which could be at once strange and familiar. A nameless young girl appears in every picture, a stand-in for ourselves; she passes helplessly through many dark moments, yet ultimately finds something hopeful at the end of her journey.

The Red Tree won the Patricia Wrightson prize in the NSW Premier’s Book Awards, and was awarded the 'le Prix Octogones 2003’ prize by the Centre International d'Etudes en Litterature de Jeunesse, following its translation into French. It is also published as Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish and Canadian/US editions.


We'd like to thank Shaun Tan for making this exclusive print available to ACLA. We highly recommend buying a copy of Shaun's brand new book The Singing Bones.

Thanks also to Splitting Image who kindly donated their services and the production and printing of these magnificent prints. We can highly recommend them for all your printing and publishing needs.

About Giclee printing

Giclée prints are generated from a high-resolution digital scan of an original image. They are created typically using professional 8-Colour to 12-Colour ink-jet printers printed with archival quality inks onto archival paper. The Giclée printing process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction. Archival quality ensures that the prints are light-fast and non water-soluble.

About the Laureate

Laureates are appointed for two-year terms and are Australia’s ambassadors for children’s literature. This great honour has been bestowed on Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor (2012/13), and on our current Laureate, Jackie French.

The Laureate Program for 2016/17 is shaping up to be very exciting, and the next Australian Children’s Laureate will be announced early in 2016.

About Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the ‘good drawer’ which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works as an artist and author in Melbourne.

Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Rules of Summer and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for animated films including Pixar’s WALL-E, and directed the Academy Award-winning short film The Lost Thing with Passion Pictures Australia. In 2011 he received the presitgious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children’s literature.