Rules of the House
Rules of the House

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Annotation: Ian always follows the rules and his sister, Jenny, never does but when she angers some monsters while breaking all the rules of their vacation house in the woods, Ian first runs away, then realizes there should be a rule about protecting your sister from being eaten by monsters.
Catalog Number: #144802
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Myers, Matthew,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-423-18516-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-98539-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-423-18516-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-98539-1
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014015780
Dimensions: 30 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* In this pseudo horror picture book, Ian, who is a consummate rule-follower, and his sister, Jenny, who is not, take a family vacation to a house in the woods. There are plenty of rules to follow ("Remove muddy shoes," "Replace any firewood you burn"), and Ian is happy to oblige. But Jenny breaks the most important rule of all: "Never er en the red door." That night, the objects in the house come to life, determined to make "rulebreaker soup" out of Jenny and eat her for dinner. Ian does the only sensible thing a little brother can do: he runs away. But rules or no rules, that doesn't feel like the right thing to do. Barnett and Myers (Battle Bunny, 2013, with Jon Scieszka) have created a winning tale of sibling rivalry and, ultimately, loyalty. Barnett's trademark dry humor appears in full force, and Myers' illustrations are wonderfully detailed. Ian's holier-than-thou rule-following tendencies are evidenced by his perfectly parted hair and neatly made bed (a "Do Not Remove" tag in display on the mattress), in stark contrast to Jenny's messy ponytail and filthy shoes. The denizens of the house bearskin rug, a shower, and a potbellied stove ickly shift from unassuming to ominous. Kids will eat this up ile hoping, of course, not to get eaten themselves. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Anything with Barnett's name on it is going to be big, and this latest from a best-selling duo will walk itself right off the shelves.
Kirkus Reviews
Rules are meant to be followed, but when monsters threaten to eat your sister, a little transgressio
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Rules are meant to be followed, but when monsters threaten to eat your sister, a little transgression might be in order. The old mountain cabin where self-righteous Ian and his savage pincher of a big sister, Jenny, come for a stay has four posted rules: don't track mud on the bearskin rug; don't leave hair in the tub drain; replace any wood burned in the stove; and especially, don't open a certain red door. No problem for Ian, a rule follower to the nth degree…but Jenny is a poster child for mutinous, ill-tempered preadolescence, and in no time she's broken all four. That night she's snatched out of bed by a toothy bear, a frowning tub, and a cast iron stove with jack-o'-lantern eyes to be boiled up into "rulebreaker soup." Just deserts, you say? So thinks Ian, at first. But he stops in his headlong flight to reflect that even if there isn't a rule about always saving one's sister from monsters, maybe there should be. Ian returns to compromise his principles with a little fib about a bigger monster that sends the three animated furnishings hustling back through the red door. Along with comically exaggerating the contrast between the red-haired, annoyingly tidy lad and his scowling sib, Myers pitches the two white kids against a trio of deliciously menacing boojums in atmospherically moonlit rustic settings. Jenny isn't exactly reformed afterward, but at least her pinches aren't as painful. Readers will (probably) agree that even the most irritating siblings don't deserve to be cooked and eaten. As a rule. (Picture book. 6-8)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* In this pseudo horror picture book, Ian, who is a consummate rule-follower, and his sister, Jenny, who is not, take a family vacation to a house in the woods. There are plenty of rules to follow ("Remove muddy shoes," "Replace any firewood you burn"), and Ian is happy to oblige. But Jenny breaks the most important rule of all: "Never er en the red door." That night, the objects in the house come to life, determined to make "rulebreaker soup" out of Jenny and eat her for dinner. Ian does the only sensible thing a little brother can do: he runs away. But rules or no rules, that doesn't feel like the right thing to do. Barnett and Myers (Battle Bunny, 2013, with Jon Scieszka) have created a winning tale of sibling rivalry and, ultimately, loyalty. Barnett's trademark dry humor appears in full force, and Myers' illustrations are wonderfully detailed. Ian's holier-than-thou rule-following tendencies are evidenced by his perfectly parted hair and neatly made bed (a "Do Not Remove" tag in display on the mattress), in stark contrast to Jenny's messy ponytail and filthy shoes. The denizens of the house bearskin rug, a shower, and a potbellied stove ickly shift from unassuming to ominous. Kids will eat this up ile hoping, of course, not to get eaten themselves. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Anything with Barnett's name on it is going to be big, and this latest from a best-selling duo will walk itself right off the shelves.
Word Count: 1,067
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: P-K
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 181895 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.7 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q68793
Lexile: AD500L

Ian always follows the rules. His sister, Jenny, breaks them all the time-especially "Don't pinch." So Ian is thrilled when the house where his family is vacationing posts a tidy list of rules. But when Jenny breaks them all, the house itself decides it's time for payback. The rug, the stove, and the bathtub are hungry for rulebreaker soup, and they've found the perfect ingredient: Jenny!

Now Ian is faced with a thorny question: What if saving your sister means breaking the rules?

From the New York Times best-selling team of Mac Barnett and Matthew Myers comes a hilarious tale of sibling rivalry, moral complexity, and disgruntled monsters, perfect for sharing with your own favorite rulebreakers.

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