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|Title: A Chip Off the Old Block|
By: Jody Jensen Shaffer
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.50 X 8.25 (inches)|
Weight: 2 pounds
Stock No: WW173884
Rocky comes from a long line of rock stars! Uncle Gibraltar, Aunt Etna, and Great-Grandma Half Dome are just some of the legendary rock formations he calls family. It's no wonder he wants to matter in a big way too--but it's not easy trying to get a foothold. Rocky gets tossed by The Wave and driven away at Devil's Tower--but he's determined not to allow these pitfalls to chip away at his confidence. Rather than feeling crushed, he keeps on rolling, hoping to become the rock-star he knows he's meant to be.
Daniel Miyares wrote and illustrated Bring Me a Rock!, Float, and Pardon Me!, and illustrated Surf's Up (by Kwame Alexander). He grew up in the foothills of South Carolina, received a BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design, and now lives in Kansas City with his wife and their two children. His clients have included Hallmark Cards, The New York Times, National Geographic, Spider Magazine, Ladybug Magazine, and the Kansas City Star.
"Full of rock puns, this inspirational tale with a sense of humor is more fun the more time you spend with itespecially if you study the back matter, which places members of 'Rockys Rock Star Family in geological context. . . . Miyares creates impressive full-bleed landscapes and also manages to give personality to a pebble. Rock on."The Horn Book
"Miyares paints Rocky on heavily textured paper, adding depth and richness to his spreads; saturated reds and purples contribute drama. Its tough to cast a rock as a main character, but Shaffer comes up with lots of ways a rock can travel and uses every geological pun she can think of. Rock hounds and teachers doing earth science units are a natural audience."Publishers Weekly
"Miyares vivid illustrations, painted in watercolor and acrylics, give this story momentumpaneled sequences depict stages of Rockys journeyand reflect the grandeur of many of Americas geologic marvels. An afterword on rock types and formations creates a natural segue for discussions on geology or geography, while the encouraging message of dreaming big grounds the playful story."Booklist
"Word play is peppered throughout the text. . . . The illustrations . . . depict amusing scenes of Rockys perilous journey and some impressive spreads of the majestic rock formations. This title may be a jumping-off point for a group discussion of perseverance in the face of obstacles as well as an introduction to famous rock formations."School Library Journal
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