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The dark drawings are ominous, and the reader is told the rules of summer. Big Brother gets to make all the rules. Most of the rules do not appear to be “typical” rules, like never leave a red sock on the clothesline and never eat the last olive at a party. Certainly don’t drop a jar and never leave the back door open overnight. Other rules seem pretty practical, such as never be late for a parade and never argue with an umpire. There are really all sorts of rules.

The artwork in Rules of Summer are detailed, dark, and tell the story. The words are simple and sometimes even scary. Some children will be mesmerized; some will be scared, but this book can certainly be a good foray into a discussion about rules.

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