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Rules of the House

Mac Barnett, Matt Myers (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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From the bestselling 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 rule-breakers!

Ian likes rules. His sister, Jenny does not. And when the woodsy vacation house where their family is spending the summer comes with a posted set of rules, it's a certain recipe for disaster: Brush your teeth. Make your bed. And never, EVER, open the red door!

"Barnett focuses his inimitable blend of energy and fiendish imagination on children's fascination with the rules.... No solemn moralizing, just a rib-tickling, slightly subversive read-aloud." —Publishers Weekly

Don't miss these other books by Mac Barnett!
Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem
Chloe and the Lion
How This Book Was Made
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Oh No! Not Again! (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History)

Praise For Rules of the House

* "Barnett and Myers 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."—Booklist

* "Readers will (probably) agree that even the most irritating siblings don't deserve to be cooked and eaten. As a rule."—Kirkus Reviews

"Barnett focuses his inimitable blend of energy and fiendish imagination on children's fascination with the rules... No solemn moralizing, just a rib-tickling, slightly subversive read-aloud."—Publishers Weekly

"Painterly illustrations quickly transform frightening images into comical ones, creating a mixture of silliness and creepiness—and alert viewers will notice the red eyes on the stove and rug just before they awaken. A scary but silly sibling story about times when breaking the rules might just be okay. The perfect read to prepare for a stay at a vacation house."—School Library Journal

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9781423185161, 48pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

About the Author

Mac Barnett is the author of many books for children, including Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, a New York Times bestseller; Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award. Other titles include The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown, Chloe and the Lion, How This Book Was Made, Count the Monkeys, and Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem. He is the co-author, with Jory John, of the New York Times bestselling series The Terrible Two. Mac lives in California.

Matt Myers is the author and illustrator of Hum and Swish. Matt has illustrated many other books for children, including the New York Times  bestseller Battle Bunny, A Dog Named Doug, and the Infamous Ratsos series. When he's not painting or writing, he likes to build things, dig in the dirt, and hang out with his chickens. Matt lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can find him online at