There is a spot. It is the perfect spot to stand. But somewhere above there is also a rock. A rock from the sky.
Turtle really likes standing in his favourite spot. He likes it so much that he asks his friend Armadillo to come over and stand in it too. But now that Armadillo is standing in that spot, he has a bad feeling about it…
The Rock from the Sky is a hilarious mediation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something wrong but you just can’t put your finger on it. Merging broad visual suspense with wry wit and existential silliness, celebrated picture-book creator Jon Klassen gives us a wholly original comedy for the ages.
This book is a work of art, in every way. With its muted colours and minimal illustrations that move seamlessly from page to page, it felt like I was watching an animation in hard copy form – it was magical.
On the surface, the story is humorous and witty (my favourite combination). But there are also deeper messages about trusting your instincts, and learning to step out of your comfort zone – even if it does seem like the perfect spot.
This is Klassen’s first book since his critically acclaimed and bestselling Hat trilogy. Following that hit success, The Rock from the Sky is a gorgeous story that will have you reeling with Klassen’s signature style of dry and witty humour. I was laughing from beginning to end.
Witty, charming and beautifully illustrated, this book is an incredible story for readers aged 4+. Split into five parts, it works as the perfect bedtime read that can span for almost a whole week. The overall aesthetic of the book reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are, making it the ideal read for fans of Maurice Sendak’s classic. I need to add every Klassen book to my collection now!