The Rock from the Sky

Jon Klassen

The Rock from the Sky
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The Rock from the Sky

Jon Klassen

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.

Review

The newest offering from Caldecott winning author/ illustrator Jon Klassen is full of delightful musings on the minutiae of day-to-day life. The tension is apparent from the beginning: a turtle in a bowler hat declaring how much he loves his favourite standing spot. Turn the page and uh-oh, a huge rock is ominously falling. We then meet a behatted armadillo/mole creature, who warns the turtle he has a bad feeling about said spot. The dialogue between the two continues, interspersed with images of the rock continuing to fall. As the story progresses, we also meet snake and a futuristic alien creature up to no good.

Spanning five sections and 90 pages, this longer picture book is full of deadpan dialogue, potentially plausible situations and the spot-on comic timing we have come to love from Klassen. The Rock from the Sky is sure to be another favourite for those familiar with Klassen and a great introduction for families that have yet to discover his brand of unique humour. For ages 4+.


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