The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen – Book Review

The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen – Book Review

The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

The Rock from the Sky

Author – Jon Klassen
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 96
Released – 13th April 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1406395570
Format – ebook, hardcover
Rating – 4 Stars
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Synopsis

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 by Stacey

The Rock from the Sky is a strange and weird children’s picture book, but if you have read author Jon Klassen’s work before you will understand that this is his style.

The story is split into five sections. The Rock, The Fall, The Future, The Sunset, and No More Room. It follows three animals who are kind of friends, Turtle, Armadillo, and Snake.

The illustrations are dark and gloomy, they fill most of the page, though a strip at the top is just white for the words. I love how the author uses capitals to emphasise when the animals are shouting to each other – ‘Come Closer’.

I’ve not fully comprehended the book yet so my thoughts on it are all over the place. I like Klassen’s style, how he moves away from the traditional and gives his work a touch of the unusual, with some great humour attached. As an adult I can comprehend what he is trying to achieve and laughed at numerous pages, however, I worry that a child won’t have a clue what is happening which will leave them dissatisfied with the story. Personally, I thought it was a little long for a children’s picture book at 96 pages.

It’s not a book I can see all children enjoying but if you have a child that likes unusual reads that are dotted with humour then this would be perfect for them.

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Author Info

Jon Klassen received the 2010 Canadian Governor General’s Award for his illustrations in Caroline Stutson’s CAT’S NIGHT OUT. He also created illustrations for the popular series THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. I WANT MY HAT BACK is the first book he has both written and illustrated. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, he lives in Los Angeles.

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