Shortlist year: 
2019
Shortlist category: 
Young adult literature
Published by: 
Lothian an imprint of Hachette

About the book

Cicada by Shaun Tan.

'Cicada work in tall building. Data entry clerk. Seventeen year. No sick day. No mistake. Tok Tok Tok!' Cicada works in an office, dutifully toiling day after day for unappreciative bosses and being bullied by his coworkers. But one day, cicada goes to the roof of the building, and something truly extraordinary happens ... A story for anyone who has ever felt unappreciated, overlooked or overworked, from Australia's most acclaimed picture book creator.