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Rules of Summer (Hardcover)

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This is a powerhouse of a picture book not unlike Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.
There are inexplicable, eponymous Rules of Summer, dictated by an older
brother to his younger sibling. The rules are simple, straightforward,
and, as in familiar sibling territory, arbitrary. The art is
magnificent. Thickly textured paint creates haunting, luminous
landscapes that the younger brother must navigate until the older boy
suddenly, impulsively, forgives all (all what?) and forgets his
dictatorial edicts. In the final scenes, he lovingly rescues and
befriends his brother. Here, the colors of joy in the double-page spread
are palpable. Shaun Tan, author of The Arrival—my favorite wordless book and a Hugo Award winner—is superb again.

— Ga


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.

About the Author

Shaun Tan is the author and illustrator of the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel The Arrival, and also Tales from Outer Suburbia, a collection of illustrated short stories. Both books were named to the New York Times list of Best Illustrated Children's Books. He won an Oscar for his short film "The Lost Thing" based on a story in the book Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan, and he is also the recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award of his contribution to children's literature. Shaun Tan lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545639125
ISBN-10: 0545639123
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 48
Language: English


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