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Book Review: A Rule Is to Break by John and Jana

A Rule Is to Break is “The anti-instruction Manual, because there are no Rules for Bad Behavior.” The title and its byline, A Child’s Guide to Anarchy, of this new John Seven and Jana Christy children’s book certainly have a ring to them and will probably bring a smile to life learners and divergent thinking parents.

The least you can say about A Rule Is to Break is that it’s a children’s book unlike any other, one that’s miles away from the overly moralizing children’s book.

The book is a set of non-rules, tips to achieving anarchy and creating mayhem, accompanied by fresh, modern drawings of a small blue-haired child. The little leading lady is anything but miss goody two shoes and follows her own whims and impulses. The lovely artwork in this book were done by Jana, who previously worked with big publishing houses such as Penguin, Random House, Harper Collins and many others.

Most of the tips in this book are things my daughter lives by, so I found myself smiling and nodding throughout the pages. Some of the suggestions made me frown, which is a good thing, because it also makes us parents question our attitudes.

“There are no rules. Do. What. You. Want.”

A Rule Is to Break is a refreshing children’s book. I recommend it strongly for children who don’t want to fall in line and parents who are looking for something different that is not about getting your child to conform. If you are done with moralistic children’s books who just want to mold your child into the “good kid,” A Rule Is to Break is a great place to start. With humorous suggestions and fresh, lively drawings.

You can get your own copy of this book by visiting www.auntyunclebooks.com, for only $9.99 USD. I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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