Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Matt Myers
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book
GoodReads Summary: 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.
What I Think: Getting along with others isn't always easy...and especially when that other is a sibling. Use The Rules of a House as a mentor text to look at how writers can show what is happening in the story and show the reader about the character by using dialogue. You can understand a lot about Ian and Jenny from how they interact with each other. Think about your own characters and how their dialogue brings them to life. Does each character have something they usually say or do?
Snatch of Text:
"'Look!' said Ian. 'Rules!'
'You're such a toady,' said Jenny, and then pinched him.
'OUCH!' said Ian. 'You're not supposed to - OUCH!"
Write about a time in your life when you felt like you needed to bend a rule.
What were the consequences of your actions?
Write about a time in your life when
you weren't getting along with your sibling or friend.
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About the Author: Mac Barnett is the New York Times best-selling author of over twenty books for children, including Count the Monkeys, illustrated by Kevin Cornell; Chloe and the Lion, illustrated by Adam Rex; and Extra Yarn and Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, both illustrated by Jon Klassen, and both winners of a Caldecott Honor and the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. He also writes the Terrible Two series with Jory John. Mac lives in Berkeley, California. Visit him at macbarnett.com.
About the Illustrator: Matt Myers studied at the Museum Art School in Portland, Oregon, where he majored in both fine arts and graphic arts. He has illustrated a number of books for children, including the Brixton Brothers series by Mac Barnett, Clink by Kelly DiPucchio, and the New York Times best seller Battle Bunny, by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett. Matt lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visit him at myerspaints.com.
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and providing a prize pack for one winner from my site!
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