Top 5 books that see the world differently, chosen by Rob and Tom Sears

Author Rob Sears and his illustrator brother Tom choose their five books that see the world in a different way.

1. The arrival by Shaun Tan

This wordless graphic novel is breathtakingly imaginative, richly illustrated and deeply moving. It manages to reflect the experience of any immigrant who has had to find their way in a foreign country.

2. Stephen Biesty’s incredible cross-sections

A behind-the-scenes glimpse of the human world. It was full of eye-openers for us as children – like the fact that jumbo jet crews have their own hidden sleeping compartments just out of sight.

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3. Dear Data by Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi

This book takes the form of an exchange of postcards between two friends – it’s not written in English but in the language of data with hand-drawn graphics that reveal hidden patterns of daily life.

4. here by Richard McGuire

A high-level graphic novel showing a unique place throughout history. On one page is a 20th century living room, on another a plot of prehistoric woods. Makes you reflect on the lives of the countless creatures and people who have passed through it.

5. IPCC Climate Change Report 2022

OK, not a good beach read, but one that pulls together research and statistics to show the big picture of what’s really happening on our planet. Our book, The biggest footprinttells a similar story, just with surreal images instead of long paragraphs, and lots more jokes.

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