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Rules of the House

Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Matt Myers
Published by Disney-Hyperion
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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. Praise for Count the Monkeys “This spot-on spoof of counting books is the perfect reward for anyone who’s put in a hard day’s work with numbers, big or small.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review Praise for Oh No! Not Again! “Wonderfully ridiculous in premise and execution and abounding in creative touches, this will surely spark student spinoffs.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review Praise for Chloe and the Lion “[R]at-a-tat dialogue and fresh visuals should keep it at the top of the bedtime pile.” -Publishers Weekly Praise for Mustache “Youngsters will get a kick out of this kingly comedy .” -Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Praise for Oh No! “A must-have.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review Praise for Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem “Definitely funny and slyly subversive.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader

This book is a fun twist on a haunted house story, and it’s engaging and palatable for young readers. As you might expect from author Mac Barnett, the story is well told and the text is concise. My kids really like this book. The only issue I have with it is that I don’t like the way the siblings treat one another, especially the pinching and name calling, so I conveniently adjust the text while I read.

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Who Wrote Rules of the House

Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is the coauthor of the Terrible Two series and the author of many picture books, which have won multiple Caldecott Honors.

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Who Illustrated Rules of the House

Matt Myers

Matt Myers has illustrated more than a dozen books, including The Most Terrible of All, A Dog Named Doug, the New York Times bestseller Battle Bunny, and The Infamous Ratsos, a Theodor Seuss Geisel honor book. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can see more illustrations and fine art at

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May 3, 2016

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