Tuesday 22 June 2021

The Rock from the Sky

The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen (Walker Books) HB RRP $27.99 ISBN 9781406395570

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Jon Klassen, the talented creator of the ‘hat trilogy’, has produced yet another masterpiece. His most recent book The Rock from the Sky is made up of five interrelated short stories that will engage readers, young and old, with its endearing characters, dry humour and brilliantly simple artwork.

As the title suggests, the stories centre around a rock that falls from the sky. Each narrative is based on an interaction between Turtle and Mole, where one is always curious as to what the other is doing, which is... not much! Most of the conversations are about good places to sit, stand, or nap. Sometimes Snake is thrown into the mix, for added hilarity.

Klassen’s minimalist illustration style, using ink and watercolour, is unique and intriguing. His muted colour palette and page design creates a great sense of space and calm. The characters are quite motionless but their eyes are deeply expressive, leaving plenty of room for the reader to make inferences.

The Rock from the Sky is an entertaining 96-page picture book highly recommended for an audience aged five years and older. This book is independent of the ‘hat’ books, however, in case you’re wondering… yes, all the animals wear a hat!


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