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Author: Shaun Tan
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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Two boys explain the occasionally mysterious "rules" they learned over the summer, like never eat the last olive at a party, never ruin a perfect plan, and never give your keys to a stranger. This 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shaun Tan
ISBN: 9780545639125 0545639123
OCLC Number: 861497356
Awards: Boston Globe Horn Book Award, Picture Book Honor, 2014.
Description: 52 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 x 31 cm
Responsibility: Shaun Tan.

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Two boys explain the occasionally mysterious "rules" they learned over the summer, like never eat the last olive at a party, never ruin a perfect plan, and never give your keys to a stranger. This 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. The author/illustrator 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 the author's typical thought-provoking style.

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