The much anticipated new book from Australia's most acclaimed picture-book creator.
Shaun Tan's books have won world acclaim, the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, as well as an Academy Award for the animated short film adaptation of his book The Lost Thing.
Tan s new book, Rules of Summer, is a deceptively simple story about two boys, one older and one younger, and the kind of rules that might govern any relationship between close friends or siblings. Rules that are often so strange or arbitrary, they seem impossible to understand from the outside. Yet through each exquisite illustration of this nearly wordless narrative, we can enjoy wandering around an emotional landscape that is oddly familiar to us all.
Shaun Tan draws upon his own personal experiences with a surreal snapshot of fishing adventures with his older brother, leaving a sock on the clothes line, and buildings inspired by Brunswick and greater Melbourne.
As you venture deep into the story, these poetic images become darker, more mysterious and unsettling, drawing towards a redemptive ending that affirms the depth of true friendship, a bond that is equally wonderful and inexplicable.
Moments of humour, surreal fantasy, and the sometimes devastating ways we interact with the people we love the most, are presented in Shaun Tan's typical thought-provoking style.
Read John Purcell's Review
How do you review a Shaun Tan book? Each time I open Rules of Summer I find a different book. I remember my excitement on being offered a sneak peek a few months ago. I was left feeling a little bewildered. Did I like it? I don't think I did on that first look. Then a few months later I was given an advance copy. I flicked through the pages and found a completely new book. Or so I thought. But no, the preview was exactly the same as the finished copy. Had I changed? I read through it time and time again. The book bewitched me. I then stood it on my desk in the office so that I could look at it during the day.
Rules of Summer is dark comedy. Or tragedy. It is a self-help book. It is a graphic novel. A child's picture book. A nightmare. A warning. A guide. A fun way to pass half an hour. Ten minutes. A minute. It is art. It is entertainment. What the hell is it? It's a bizarre thing. I love it. Shaun Tan's Rules of Summer is something you must own.
About the Author
Shaun Tan s award-winning books include the highly acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival, The Lost Thing, The Red Tree, The Rabbits And Tales From Outer Suburbia. In 2011, Shaun won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, shared an Academy Award for his work on the animated short film version of his book The Lost Thing, and was presented with the Dromkeen Medal for services to children s literature in Australia.
Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar s WALL-E and as an animator on the Academy Award-winning short film adapted from his book The Lost Thing. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have won many prizes both in Australia and internationally.
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It is a great book for childrens imagination! well written & illustrated.
think this is truly beautiful, menacing boook .
Too scary for little kids.
Almost no text but wonderful art work
I liked The Lost Thing much better. This was unsettling.
Talking with others and children/young people particularly about understanding relationship dynamics.
There is valuable study here for reading images.
I buy these books to have at home for the grandchildren, they love a good tuck up on the couch and a good read.
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. * * * * * -- Bookbag 20131101
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 8th October 2013
Dimensions (cm): 27.3 x 30.8 x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.67