Kid’s Book Review: The Rock from the Sky

Kid’s Book Review: The Rock from the Sky

About the Book and Author and Illustrator

From award-winning author and illustrator Jon Klassen is a beautiful and amusing, yet strangely disturbing book about two creatures and their efforts to find the right place to be.

The artwork is exquisite, the hardback book, a thing of beauty and although the narrative conveys a sense of foreboding for older readers the dystopian darkness does not detract from its entertainment value for young children.  This rare book that holds something special for readers of all ages is published by Walker Books who describe it as,

“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.”

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… This is a book that certainly promotes contemplation!


Jon Klassen artist

Jon Klassen is the creator of the New York Times bestseller I Want My Hat Back, which was named a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year. He returned with another hat and another thief in This Is Not My Hat, which won the Caldecott Medal became a New York Times bestseller.

He is also the illustrator of House Held Up By Trees, a picture book written by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Ted Kooser, as well as Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson, which won the Governor General’s Award; Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett; and the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood.

Jon Klassen has worked as an illustrator for feature animated films, music videos, and editorial pieces. His animation projects include design work for DreamWorks Feature Animation as well as LAIKA Studios on their feature film Coraline. Other work includes designs for a BBC spot used in the coverage of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, which won a 2010 BAFTA award. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon now lives in Los Angeles, USA.

Book Review

The pictures were my favourite bit, I loved everbodys cool hats

This book was a thumbs up! It was funny but I’m glad the tortoise is OK.

The pictures were my favourite bit, I loved everbodys cool hats.
My favourite character was the armadillo because is is clever to know where it is safe and good, and he is very friendly too.

I liked that the whole story is the characters talking (dialogue).

My favourite part was when the monster got squashed because he was a bad guy. He made a fire and it’s not good to burn flowers.

Overall, this was a really good book with really nice pictures which everyone will enjoy reading.

Mum’s thoughts: We really enjoyed the story, it is unusual but a good read.

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Muhammad Yusuf
  • Age: 5 years
  • Likes: visiting museums, Lego and reading
  • Dislikes: getting gouaches and spicy food
  • Favourite Book: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt
  • Favourite Song: You Are My Sunshine
  • Favourite Film: Zootopia