Has anyone noticed this amazing book on the shelves? Not since Shaun Tan’s The Arrival have I seen such exquisite illustrations. The story is about an orphan who lives in a train station in Paris, and becomes immersed in a mystery involving mechanical secrets , an eccentric girl and a grumpy old man. However this is not your standard illustrated picture book. It is a homage to silent film, a tour de force of artistry and a refreshingly original concept. No wonder it won the 2008 Caldecott Medal (awarded each year to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children). Don’t be put off by ‘for children’. Like Shaun Tan’s work, this is for all ages.