Rules of the House (Hardcover)

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By Mac Barnett, Matt Myers (Illustrator)
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Ian thinks rules are meant to be followed, but his sister Jenny thinks they are meant to be broken. When Dad takes them to a vacation house, Ian marvels at the list of rules framed on the wall and is quick to point out that Jenny is not following them. She gets mud on the rug, lets her hair clog the bathtub, never refills the stove with firewood, and even opens the forbidden red door. And she gets away with it all! Or so it seems—until the rug, the bathtub, and the stove come to life and have a hunger for rulebreaker soup.

— From Alex


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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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 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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781423185161
ISBN-10: 1423185161
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 48
Language: English