Wednesday, December 4, 2013


The other night, Jennifer Byrne, on her ABC book show, described Shaun Tan's new thing Rules of Summer as a 'delightful' children's book. What rubbish! I don't think Jennifer spent much time inside the book. If she had, she'd have realised it's bizarre, non-sensical, gothic, unnerving, surreal and gorgeous. 'Delightful' doesn't do the book justice. It is a highly original volume for every age and all ages. It will challenge you. Read it this summer, without fail, otherwise you might turn into a crow or a squashed snail or the last olive on a plate or a tornado.

LJ, 5 December 2013.

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