The rock from the sky

by Klassen, Jon,

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Summary
The instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

Look up! From the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the hat trilogy comes a new deadpan gem.

There is a spot.
It is a good spot.
It is the perfect spot to stand.
There is no reason to ever leave.
But somewhere above there is also a rock.
A rock from the sky.

Here comes The Rock from the Sky , 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, celebrated picture book creator Jon Klassen gives us a wholly original comedy for the ages.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Turtle has a favorite spot to stand in, but his friend Armadillo has a bad feeling about it and isn't sure why. It may have something to do with the huge rock hurtling through the sky toward that exact spot. In this latest book from Caldecott medalist Klassen, the reader follows three hat-wearing creatures through five related stories as they narrowly escape death (but are really quite zen about it), navigate friendship and jealousy, and imagine the future together (which may or may not include aliens). A savant of deadpan storytelling, Klassen offers a long-form picture book that is high in suspense and humor. Using the wonderful technique of color-coding the sparse and cheeky dialogue so that you know instinctively who is speaking, this book feels every bit as theatrical as the Hat trilogy. Klassen's recognizable art style, featuring muted hues and speckled watercolors, utilizes sparse landscapes and open skies to keep the reader's full attention on the story's quirky characters, while carefully placed, wordless spreads heighten both tension and humor or bring resolution. His ability to create so much dark humor with so few words and to infuse his critters with such a depth of personality is part of why Klassen's work is so beloved, as this new addition promises to be.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Klassen has developed a cult following among critics and picture-book readers, plus he's promoting this book with a 15-city tour."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The most gratifying feature of this new offering by Caldecott Medalist Klassen is that there's so much of it--96 pages of dark, Beckett-caliber comedy. In the first episode of five, "The Rock," a tortoise in a bowler hat stands under a broad dusky sky. "I like standing in this spot. It is my favorite spot to stand," it declares; "I don't ever want to stand anywhere else." A page turn reveals a massive black rock high in the sky, a delicate trail of detritus above it signaling downward motion. Back on the ground, a sort of armadillo-mole sporting a bowler hat of its own appears. "What do you think of my spot?" the tortoise asks. "Actually I have a bad feeling about it," the armadillo-mole replies, initiating a back-and-forth with escalating stakes. And the rock isn't the only fate that looms. In each section, the tortoise, the armadillo-mole, and a snake in a beret consider everyday matters--naps, sunsets, the future--while facing inexorably advancing events. A resultant ratcheting tension permeates every moody spread and gives readers' laughter a nervous edge, while deliberately paced illustrations and deadpan conversation allow for a methodical exploration of each comic beat. In this pleasurable volume that's just right for uncertain times, Klassen proves himself a top-notch student of the way that conscious beings seek to take charge of their own realities--efforts that nearly always fail and, in this world, are sometimes punctuated by falling rocks. Ages 4--8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Animals -- Juvenile fiction.
Rocks -- Juvenile fiction.
Animals -- Fiction.
Rocks -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9781536215625
1536215627
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