BRING ME A ROCK! by Daniel Miyares
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BRING ME A ROCK!

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Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The smallest bug’s contribution to the demands of the grasshopper king is at first spurned, but the little bug eventually prevails in more ways than one.

The initial double-page spread consists of a bright yellow wash of sky, translucent layers of green plants, and a foreground of brown dirt dappled with sunlight. On the left, atop a single small stone, sits a green-and-orange grasshopper, his head topped by a crown. In bold, capital letters, he commands a cluster of bug subjects: “BRING ME A ROCK!” The grasshopper soon makes it clear that he “will have a majestic pedestal fit for a king.” The king shows his sense of entitlement as each peon bug struggles to add a rock to the pile being created for his majesty. Each insect is rendered with an eye for varietal accuracy, yet each also sports a delightful spark of anthropomorphism. Humor and artistry combine, especially in an aerial view of the king atop his new throne, sipping a paper-umbrella–adorned drink—before his tower begins to topple. After the littlest bug manages to save the king with a pebble, the king asks how he can repay this now-invaluable subject. The little bug’s cleverness literally elevates the status of all the workers to that of the king.

Beautifully executed art, expressive bugs, and spare but pointed—arguably Marxist—text create a tale for all ages. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: June 7th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4814-4602-0
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2016




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