Combining humour and surreal fantasy, Shaun Tan pictures a summer in the lives of two boys. Each spread tells of an event and the lesson learned. By turns, these events become darker and more sinister as the boys push their games further and further.
In order to get the whole picture be sure to read the inside flap of the book.
Shaun Tan is such a deep thinker. This story is an amazing telling of two brothers spending their summer together attempting to get along. The Rules of Summer turn out to be the arbitrary rules that an older brother creates on a whim for his younger brother. The tone starts out light and quickly turns darker as the rules gets harder and harder to follow.
No worries though, the brothers survive the summer.
Here is an example of one of the illustrations.