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The Rock from the Sky

Written by Jon Klassen

Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Key Stage 1

LoveReading View on The Rock from the Sky

Five interlinked quirky stories in this mammoth new Klassen classic

A turtle, an armadillo and a snake – all in signature Klassen hats – ponder the best place to sit. Turtle has his favourite spot, but armadillo has a bad feeling about it…


Told entirely in speech – but with colour differentiation so it is easy to see who is talking – three friends escape a deadly fate (which is never mentioned) as they chat and continue their simple lives.  


The humour and anticipation from the wonderful artwork is never emphasized – it is just there to make you laugh and chortle as the stories unfold. Told in a totally deadpan way this is a huge picture book (90+ pages) that will have fans from Reception classes upwards thoroughly enjoying the completely visual joke.  The muted colours only enhance the simplicity, the humour and the musing on life of our three characters – a total gem that will be winning prizes everywhere!

Tricia Adams

The Rock from the Sky Synopsis

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.

The Rock from the Sky Press Reviews

"A new Jon Klassen is always a treat, and this deadpan gem will make you simultaneously laugh out loud and marvel at his visual wizardry." -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

Praise for Jon Klassen;

“The funniest book ever written” The Guardian on I Want My Hat Back

“a masterpiece of honest feelings, emotional tension and poetic restraint.” The New York Times on We Found a Hat


“utterly brilliant Hat trilogy” Daily Mail

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406395570
Publication date: 13th April 2021
Author: Jon Klassen
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 96 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1

About Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen has created illustrations for popular series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. His illustrations for Caroline Stutson's Cats Night Out won the Governor General Award in 2010. 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, USA.

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