Article Title

Rules of Summer


Aylea Stephens


Excellent, Primary, Shaun Tan, Summer, Imagination, Fantasy, Surrealism, Picture Book

Document Type

Book Review


There are rules to summer. These rules are things like not leaving red socks on the clothesline and never step on a snail. Some rules might seem strange (“never eat the last olive at a party”), while others seem like common sense (“never give your keys to a stranger”), but the illustrations depict what happens when the rules are broken and how things get progressively darker as the boys push things farther. In the end, though, they learn the rules of summer and have a great adventure.