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Rules of Summer

rules-of-summerBy: Shaun Tan

Summer is a time of fun, of holidays and of adventure. As this book is a Shaun Tan book there isn’t an intricate plot but honestly there doesn’t need to be. Tan’s books have an appeal all of their own which can be attributed to the flexibility of the story told mostly in pictures with limited text, thus leaving a whole lot up to the imagination. I think I’d say the plot revolves around using your imagination to while away the days, having an older brother make up the rules and be the one to save you when the days turn dark. The illustrations are, as always whimsical and amazing, conveying the width and breadth of what can be achieved when you walk away from technology and allow yourself free reign. An amazing book that left me wanting to explore it again.
Recommended

Publisher: Arthur A Levine Books
Published: 29th April 2014
Key Words: Adventure, Family, Imagination
Format: Hard cover or paperback picture book
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9780545639125

2014 CBCA Awards

It is that time of year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards have been announced.

So here they are.

Older Readers

Winner

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Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Honourable Mentions

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Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Alysse Near

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The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn

Younger Readers

Winner

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City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks

Honourable Mentions

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My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

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Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer

Early Childhood

WInner

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The Swap by Jan Ormerod and Andrew Joyner

Honourable Mentions

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I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian, Ann James

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Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood

Picture Books

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Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Honourable Mentions

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King Pig by Nick Bland

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The Silver Button by Bob Graham

Eve Pownell Award (Information Books)

Winner

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Jeremy by Christopher Faille and Danny Snell

Honourable Mentions

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Welcome to my Country by  Laklak Burarrwanga and Family

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Ice, Wind, Rock by Peter Gouldthorpe

A huge congrats to all these winners and all of the nominated. To see the full list go here.

 

The Red Tree – Behind The Scenes

Barking Gecko Theatre in Western Australia developed a stage version of the brilliant book, The Red Tree by Shaun Tan.

Here is a clip of behind the scenes, how it all came to be, with comments from Shaun himself.

Neil Gaiman and Shaun Tan

Okay, so no clue how you feel about these two guys but as far as I am concerned they are amazing contributors to the field of writing and illustration.

So anyway, you can read the article where Neil Gaiman interviews Shaun Tan, here, or maybe it’s just a discussion between peers, wither way it is an interesting read.

More Congratulations for Shaun Tan

No real excuse for being so late with this one but on August 20th the Hugo Award Winners were announced and Shaun Tan was the recipient of the BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST Award.

Another well deserving accolade for a very talented man.

 

 

2011 ABIA Awards – Finalists Announced

The finalists for this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) have been announced. The winners will be announced on Monday 25 July during the 2011 ABA Conference.

International Success of the Year 2011

Allen & Unwin, for Tales from Outer Suburbia (Shaun Tan)

Hachette, for The Red Tree (Shaun Tan)

HarperCollins, for The Innocent Mage (Karen Miller)

Penguin, for Once, Then and Now  (Morris Gleitzman)

Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years) 2011

All Through the Year (Jane Godwin, illus by Anna Walker, Penguin)

Feathers for Phoebe (Rod Clement, HarperCollins)

Maudie and Bear (Jan Omerod, illus by Freya Blackwood, Little Hare)

Mirror (Jeannie Baker, Walker Books)

Noni the Pony (Alison Lester, A&U)

The Legend of the Golden Snail (Graeme Base, Penguin)

Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years) 2011

Conspiracy 365 (Gabrielle Lord, Scholastic)

Graffiti Moon (Cath Crowley, Pan Macmillan)

Shakespeare’s Hamlet (illus by Nicki Greenberg, A&U)

Museum of Thieves: The Keepers Book 1 (Lian Tanner, A&U)

Now (Morris Gleitzman, Penguin)

A big congratulations to all nominees.

Further details can be found here.

The Red Tree

By: Shaun Tan

‘Sometimes the day begins with nothing to look forward to’

The back blurb may not inspire you to pick this incredible book up, but you should.

This is a beautiful tale of sadness and hope. The text is simple, truthful and perfectly matched to the superbly evocative illustrations.

A powerful story for young and old alike. Sometimes it does us well to remember there is darkness and light in all our lives.

The easiest way to review this book is to say that it is an absolute must for any bookshelf.

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Published: 05 August 2010

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books

ISBN 13: 9780734411372

Purchase: here or use logo to link to Booktopia

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