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Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer

Academy Award and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Shaun Tan combines humour and surreal fantasy to picture a summer in the lives of two boys. The boys hide from a giant red rabbit and outwit a crowd of scary eagles, but when they their games become ever darker and sinister they learn that breaking the rules can be dangerous.

‘Visually fascinating.’ – The New York Times
‘Thrilling, disturbing and hard to shake…one startling image after another.’ – Wall Street Journal

Other titles by Shaun Tan include: The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival.

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Genre: Children's, Teenage & Educational / Picture Books, Activity Books & Early Learning Material / Picture Books

On Sale: 7th November 2013

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9780734410672


Lavish, brilliant paintings...As always, the swirl of emotion that Tan's artwork kicks up lingers long after the book is closed.
Publisher's Weekly
Thrilling... one startling image after another.
Wall Street Journal
Tan's mesmerizing, gorgeous art is as beautiful and entrancing as ever.
Evocative, enthralling and with absolutely astounding artwork so good readers will wish that ike summer, it would last forever.
Brilliant... as always, the swirl of emotion that Tan's artwork kicks up lingers long after the book is closed.
Publishers Weekly
Pure magic... told with minimal text and the beautiful surreal imagery of Tan's paintings. I would be quite happy to give this book ten stars out of five if that were allowed. Simply unmissable for readers who seek out unique and thought provoking books. When the children outgrow this, I will be keeping it for myself. * * * * *
Beguiling, magical, vivid, sumptuous. Tan's open-ended tales invariably suggest possibilities beyond the frame, creating an imaginative space for readers to inhabit the stories.
The Australian
The multi-layered illustrations are glorious... this is a strange, thought-provoking and enlightening book.
Irish Independent
Sumptuous and sincere... this title is a winner.
School Library Journal
Magnificent...big, confident and blazing with colour
The Sydney Morning Herald
A mesmerising addition to Shaun Tan's eclectic array of thoughtful and surreal picture books... breathtaking.
WRD Magazine
Visually fascinating.
The New York Times
Magnificent. Big, confident and blazing with colour.
Sydney Morning Herald
Superb artwork that elicits both a cerebral and emotional response and that, when coupled with the text, invites readers to plumb the mysterious depths of the human experience.
The Horn Book
Shaun Tan is a truly innovative and original picture book creator and this book does not disappoint . This book can be explored on different levels throughout KS2 and would prompt detailed discussion about the paintings, themes of isolation and alienation and consideration of which rules in life makes sense to the children. A treasure trove.
The English Association
Thrilling, disturbing and hard to startling image after another
Wall Street Journal
Shaun Tan continues to push out the boundaries of the picturebook medium... whichever way you look at it, this is an extraordinary picturebook, an aesthetic abject, with much to enjoy, respond to, think and talk about.
School Librarian
Shaun Tan has earned the reputation as the creator of picture books that defy easy interpretation... enigmatic verbal and visual clues to construct narratives... lovingly detailed painterly illustration... starkly realistic and elusively surreal.
Irish Times