A Charming Story for All Ages: Read our Review of The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

A Charming Story for All Ages: Read our Review of The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

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!

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Publisher details

The Rock from the Sky
Author
Jon Klassen
Publisher
Walker Books
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
21 April, 2021

Synopsis

Look up! From the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the Hat trilogy comes a new deadpan gem. 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... A hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, 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
Jon Klassen
About the author

Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is the writer and illustrator of the bestselling and award-winning picture book I Want My Hat Back. He is also the creator of illustrations for the popular series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. His illustrations for Caroline Stutson's Cats Night Out won the Governor General's Award in 2010. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, he lives in Los Angeles, USA. 

Books by Jon Klassen

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