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Rules of Summer

Tan, Shaun (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Rules of Summer
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Two boys explain the occasionally mysterious "rules" they learned over the summer, like never eat the last olive at a party, never ruin a perfect plan, and never give your keys to a stranger.
Authors: Tan, Shaun
Title: Rules of summer
Publisher: New York, NY :, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.,, 2014.
Edition: First American edition.
Characteristics: 52 unnumbered pages :,colored illustrations ;,28 x 30 cm
Content Type: still image
text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Two boys explain the occasionally mysterious "rules" they learned over the summer, like never eat the last olive at a party, never ruin a perfect plan, and never give your keys to a stranger.
Local Note: 6 15 27 53 57 60 61 62 70 74 75 79 80 109 112 118 122 143 148 150 151 153 172 173 175 188 193 198 203 210 211 216 226 228 234 242 243 245 268 280
ISBN: 0545639123
9780545639125
Statement of Responsibility: Shaun Tan
Copyright Date: ♭2013
Subject Headings: Conduct of life Juvenile fiction. Summer Juvenile fiction. Friendship Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Picture books for children.
Topical Term: Conduct of life
Summer
Friendship
LCCN: 2013040915
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Aug 20, 2014
  • muffinpopcorn rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Very different kind of story. Would not recommend for little kids . The illustrations are rather bizarre and creepy and some of the rules are weird.

Aug 02, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brothers have a tendency to tricky to render on the page but it can be done. Tan has perfectly rendered one such relationship with all its frustrations, betrayals, fights, complaints and deep, enduring love. This book sympathizes with those kids, regardless of their birth order. The rules of childhood are built on shifting sands, causing children everywhere to look longingly at the seeming sanity of adulthood. It’s only when they cross over that these kids will find themselves nostalgic for a time of outsized rules and their overblown importance. Without a doubt, the best book about what summer means to child siblings I’ve ever read.

Jul 16, 2014
  • JCLAmyF rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Rules that make a lot of sense, rules that make no sense... the rules of childhood. This book is gorgeous - and creepy! The beautiful illustrations in this book remind me of Yves Tanguy, the French surrealist painter. Gorgeous, disconcerting, and lovely. A book to enjoy with older kids.

Older picture book readers who appreciate the strange and surreal tone of Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick will be spellbound by this unusual story from the author of The Arrival. In Rules of Summer, an older brother teaches his younger brother the rules of survival as they navigate a beautifully bizarre version of suburbia filled with baseball-playing robots, giant rabbits, glowing gardens, and more. Shaun Tan's "evocative, enthralling and absolutely astounding artwork" (Kirkus Reviews) inspires wonder, invites repeat readings, and offers a tantalizing jumping-off point for kids to make imaginative leaps of their own.

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May 28, 2014
  • librarysteph rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful art but very disturbing story

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Aug 02, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

May 28, 2014
  • librarysteph rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

librarysteph thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Aug 02, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“This is what I learned last summer,” says the book. It’s the kind of statement you might expect to find in an essay on How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Instead, what follows is a series of imaginative, wholly original extremes. Two brothers live in a world of fantastical creatures and gizmos. The younger continually breaks the rules as the elder either berates him or tries to save him from himself. A dinner party of well-dressed birds of prey contains the sentence, “Never eat the last olive at a party” as the older brother pulls his younger away from the potentially deadly entrée. “Never leave the back door open overnight” sees them both facing a living room awash in vegetation and giant lizards, the older boy clearly put out and the younger carrying a bucket and shovel. As the book continues you realize that the younger boy is often at odds with the rules his elder is trying to instill in him. The final straw comes after a massive pummeling, after which the elder brother sells his little bro off to a flock of black birds (“Never lose a fight”). Fortunately, a rescue is made and the book subtly shifts from admonitions to positive statements (“Always know the way home”). The final shot shows the two boys sitting on the couch watching TV, the walls of their living room wallpapered with drawings of the out-of-this-world creatures encountered in the rest of the book.

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Aug 02, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Never leave a red sock on the clothesline.”

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Aug 02, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Shaun Tan interviewed about Rules of Summer

Shaun Tan's picture books take us into strange and beautiful worlds in which familiar places (back alleys, suburban streets and the basements of houses) become landscapes of fantasy and sometimes of menace. This is an innocent world in which little people come face to face with big questions about life and history. Questions about who were are in the midst of all the clamour. Shaun's titles include the The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, and The Arrival, his acclaimed graphic novel about a migrant who leaves his home country for a better life. A charming animated version of his story The Lost Thing earned him an Oscar. Last year Shaun took out the prestigious Swedish prize for children's literature, the Astrid Lindgren Award. His latest picture book is called Rules of Summer and it's the story of two young boys whose friendship is tested by many challenging situations.

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