A Rule Is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy (Wee Rebel) (Hardcover)

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This is the perfect book for the little radical in your life! It's a cool, playful and heartfelt manifesto that empowers kids to be themselves, even (and especially) when society tells you to do the opposite. While more conservative parents may have an initially adverse reaction to some of the advice given (i.e., staying up all night!), more than anything A RULE IS TO BREAK teaches children the importance of self-education, self-determination, self-expression, and democratic justice. You won't find another children's book like it!

— Keaton


"A Rule Is To Break says: Go ahead and throw your best self a party So glad it exists."--Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses

"After encountering the lively little anarchist in John and Jana's delightful A Rule is To Break, I will always remember the playful little devil with a mind of her own. A children's book on anarchy seems somehow just right: an instinctive, intuitive sense of fairness, community, and interdependence sits naturally enough with a desire for participatory democracy, self-determination, and peace and global justice."--Bill Ayers, author of To Teach: The Journey in Comics and Fugitive Days

Simply celebrating childhood: the joy, the wonder of discovery, the spontaneity, and strong emotions. . . . Wild Child is free to do as she pleases. A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy follows Wild Child as she learns about just being herself and how that translates into kid autonomy. It presents the ideas of challenging societal expectations and tradition and expressing yourself freely in kid-terms that are both funny and thought provoking--it even functions as a guidebook for adults to understand what it is to be a critically thinking, creative individual. Wild Child is the role model for disobedience that is sometimes civil.

John Seven and Jana Christy's previous collaboration The Ocean Story won Creative Child magazine's 2011 Creative Child Award Seal of Excellence and was shortlisted for the 2012 Green Earth Book Award.

About the Author

John and Jana found success in comics with their book Very Vicky. In 2003, their illustrated family travelogue, Four Go Mad in Massachusetts, was published by Commonwealth Editions. Most recently, John and Jana collaborated on two picture books, Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad: My World Makes Me Feel (Andrews McMeel, 2009), and The Ocean Story (Picture Windows, 2011), which won Creative Child magazine's 2011 Creative Child Award Seal of Excellence and was short-listed for the 2012 Green Earth Book Award. A board book for the under-five crowd, A Year With Friends, is forthcoming from Abrams in 2012.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781933149257
ISBN-10: 1933149256
Publisher: Manic D Press
Publication Date: November 20th, 2012
Pages: 42
Language: English
Series: Wee Rebel