Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer

by Shaun Tan


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Never be late for a parade.
Never forget the password.
Never ruin a perfect plan.

It's all about the rules. But what if the rules feel completely arbitrary? What if your older brother is the only one who gets to make them up all summer long? And what if he's the only one who can save you when the darkness of winter comes rushing in?

As usual, master artist and storyteller Shaun Tan shows us the strange truth of ordinary things — rules, relationships, despair, and hope — as only he can.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545639125
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 436,052
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Shaun Tan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Tales from the Inner City, Rules of Summer, and The Singing Bones. He received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2011 and won an Academy Award for the adaptation of his picture book The Lost Thing (from Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan). Shaun lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Rules of Summer 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5★s Rules of Summer is a book for young readers by award-winning Australian illustrator and author, Shaun Tan. It begins “This is what I learned last summer”. What follows is a collection of clever illustrations augmented by a set of rules. Those rules might be a bit confusing. Rules like “never drop your jar” will, in conjunction with the illustration, seem to make perfect sense; “never step on a snail” seems less intuitive. Maybe this simply demonstrates that in childhood, many rules seem arbitrary, made by who knows?, displaying little logic but to be followed at threat of some unnamed peril. Perhaps the back cover says it all: “Never break the rules. Especially if you don’t understand them.” The text pages are already marked with scribbles in coloured pencil, smudges, creases, mildew spots, blotches, stains and crinkles – an ideal book for young readers as it really won’t matter if they add a few of their own. Observant readers will note the bird on every page and soon be checking for its location. All a little bizarre, but with Tan’s excellent artwork.