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Shaun Tan
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan at Abbey's Bookshop,

Rules of Summer

Shaun Tan



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Shaun Tan's books have won world acclaim and many awards, including the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, as well as an Academy Award for the animated short film adaptation of his book The Lost Thing.

His new book 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 are 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.

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 Tan's typical thought-provoking style.

Rules of Summer by Shaun  Tan at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney

By:   Shaun Tan
Imprint:   Lothian
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 310mm,  Width: 276mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   670g
ISBN:   9780734410672
ISBN 10:   0734410670
Publication Date:   October 2013
Recommended Age:   From 6
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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 A mesmerising addition to Shaun Tan's eclectic array of thoughtful and surreal picture books... breathtaking. -- WRD Magazine 20140101 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 20140111

  • Commended for Kate Greenaway Medal 2015
  • Commended for Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 (UK)
  • Commended for Kate Greenaway Medal 2015.
  • Winner of Academy Awards 2011 (UK)
  • Winner of Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2011 (UK)
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