Innovative and fun, deep and engrossing, Rules of Summer is one deceptive picture book! Let the art speak for itself like Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Readers are encouraged to enter the art and make decisions about the story based on the art and also their own experiences.The two page spread with text, "Never leave a red sock on the clothesline" shows two young boys cowering behind a fence, a clothesline empty except for said red sock and a large, menacing, red-eyed monster bunny peering over the fence. The beast is many times their size and the boys appear to be hiding from it.Each spread features art by Tan and offers the opportunity for readers to tell a story for themselves. Rules of Summer is loosely put together featuring two boys, maybe brothers, who have adventures that summer. My favorite rule is, "Never miss the last day of summer." The art shows the smaller boy climbing to the top of a long ladder with the older boy offering his hand to help the smaller child up.
Wildly imaginative robots and weird birds make this story fun for young readers. I predict Rules of Summer will be hugely embraced by readers and art critics as well as art and creative writing teachers around the globe.Highly, highly recommended for the quirky reader in everyone and those who have wild imaginings and dream strange dreams.
48 pages 97805456519125 Ages 5-adult
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Recommended by: Pamela Thompson MLIS, Library Media Specialist, Texas USA
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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.
Used by permission of the publisher. Scholastic.com http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/rules-summer#cart/cleanup