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Rules of Summer : Winner of the 2014 CBCA for best Picture Book - Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer

Winner of the 2014 CBCA for best Picture Book

By: Shaun Tan

Hardcover

Published: 8th October 2013
For Ages: 5+ years old
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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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Rules of Summer
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Deserves multiple readings (4)
  • Easy to read (4)
  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Page-turner (4)
  • Well written (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Younger readers (4)
    • Gift (3)
    • Older readers (3)

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    5.0

    Amazing

    By Shannon

    from Bundaberg, qld

    About Me Rarely Read

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Difficult To Follow

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about Rules of Summer:

    Great book for expanding your child's multilitracies and developing their understanding of meaning through texts and visual images. Great for teachers wanting to use as a resource for classroom activities. Shaun tan always intrigues and never disappoints on the artist beauty of his books. A+

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    5.0

    The cover is deceiving.Read all the book

    By Noddy

    from The Brook

    About Me Bookworm

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Special Needs
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about Rules of Summer:

      It is a great book for childrens imagination! well written & illustrated.

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      4.0

      Is this book really for children>

      By Jo

      from Sydney Australia

      About Me Bookworm

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • A Dark Book
      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Page-Turner

      Cons

      • Menacing But Beautiful
      • Not What I Expected

      Best Uses

      • Deep thinkers
      • Older Readers

      Comments about Rules of Summer:

      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.

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      4.0

      Hidden thoughts

      By old teacher

      from lithgow

      About Me Everyday Reader

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Enigmatic
      • Multi- Levels
      • Study Of Relationships
      • Superb Artwork
      • Thought provoking
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Excellent For Teachers
        • Older Readers
        • Reference
        • Special Needs
        • Springboard For Discussio
        • Younger Readers

        Comments about Rules of Summer:

        Talking with others and children/young people particularly about understanding relationship dynamics.
        There is valuable study here for reading images.

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        5.0

        Up to standard as usual

        By Jude

        from Melbourne

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        Pros

        • Easy To Read
        • Engaging characters
        • Must Buy
        • Page-Turner

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Younger Readers

          Comments about Rules of Summer:

          I buy these books to have at home for the grandchildren, they love a good tuck up on the couch and a good read.

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          The multi-layered illustrations are glorious... this is a strange, thought-provoking and enlightening book. Irish Independent 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 A mesmerising addition to Shaun Tan's eclectic array of thoughtful and surreal picture books... breathtaking. WRD Magazine 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 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

          ISBN: 9780734410672
          ISBN-10: 0734410670
          Audience: Children
          For Ages: 5+ years old
          Format: Hardcover
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 48
          Published: 8th October 2013
          Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 30.6  x 0.8
          Weight (kg): 0.67

          Shaun Tan

          Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne.

          Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia.

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