Scary windows —Dunedin monsters (this week)

big-eyes-24 (1)Mike Wazowski (green) at Hayward’s Auction House; ‘red’ at University Book Shop (UBS) – children’s book cover detail, Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan.

A young monster named Michael “Mike” Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) appears in films by Disney/Pixar: Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Monsters University (2013). Mike dreams of being a scarer (a monster who enters the human world at night to scare children so their screams can be harvested for energy) when he grows up, after visiting Monsters Inc. — the city of Monstropolis’ most profitable and best-known scaring company — on a school field trip. Eleven years later, Mike is a first-year scare major at Monsters University, where he meets a large, blue, furry monster named James P. “Sulley” Sullivan.

Shaun Tan (born 1974) is an Australian illustrator and author of children’s books and speculative fiction cover artist. He won an Academy Award for The Lost Thing, a 2011 animated film adaptation of a 2000 picture book he wrote and illustrated. Tan’s work has been described as “at once banal and uncanny, familiar and strange, local and universal, reassuring and scary, intimate and remote, guttersnipe and sprezzatura. No rhetoric, no straining for effect. Never other than itself.” —Sydney Morning Herald
Rules of Summer (Lothian Children’s Books: October 2013)

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Spliced image by whatifdunedin

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