The Rock from the Sky
By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Earthy illustrations, dry humor make for great read-aloud.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Word repetition helps emerging readers.
Pay attention to your instincts when you feel like something's wrong.
Positive Role Models
Quirky low-key characters navigate their friendship and the unexpected.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Rock from the Sky is a charmingly funny, delightfully illustrated tale from Caldecott-winning author Jon Klassen that's great for reading aloud. There's lots of room for fun voices in the conversations between Turtle and Armadillo as they deal with the feeling that something's wrong, then the aftermath of an asteroid landing near them. The simple, earth-toned illustrations perfectly match the deadpan humor, making the five short chapters an amusing, thoroughly enjoyable read.
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Based on 1 parent review
A beautiful, fun book.
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What's the Story?
THE ROCK FROM THE SKY is divided into five short chapters, starting with Turtle not wanting to move from his favorite spot even though Armadillo has a very bad feeling about the place. Turtle moves when Snake joins Armadillo, and gets out of the way just before an asteroid hits his spot. The trio tries to navigate life with the new big rock, and there's miscommunication everywhere as they try resting against it, watching the sunset, and seeing into the future.
Is It Any Good?
The humor unrolls slowly, paired perfectly with the illustrations that cover every page to create an engaging, funny, and surprisingly calming book. The Rock from the Sky is a great story for adults to read aloud, and a great story for young readers to stretch their growing abilities. The simplicity of the characters – Turtle, Armadillo, and Snake – lets the readers' personality shine, whether they're reading aloud or in their heads.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the miscommunication between Turtle and Armadillo in The Rock from the Sky, when there's only room for two under the rock. Have you and a friend ever had a miscommunication like that? What happened?
Turtle and Armadillo see all sorts of things in the future of their little spot. What do you think the future will be like where you live?
What other books with animals do you like?
- Author: Jon Klassen
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Friendship, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Candlewick
- Publication date: April 13, 2021
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 96
- Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 19, 2021
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