A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK by Jody Jensen Shaffer

A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Being small doesn’t mean you can’t have big goals!

A pebble who feels like a boulder sets out to prove that little ones can accomplish great things in this quirky, suspenseful, pun-filled tale. Young Rocky has rock-star relatives, such as Aunt Etna and Uncle Gibraltar, and even though he’s told that he is too small, he feels inspired to “become part of one of the amazing formations on Earth!” Rocky landscapes and stony surfaces are depicted with just the right amount of detail as Rocky crosses the country and visits family members from Wyoming to Texas. He arrives in South Dakota, having lost some mass along the way, only to realize that the spectacular Mount Rushmore is in trouble—there is a crack in Lincoln’s nose and visitors are not allowed in the park until the problem is solved. Is there anything a young sedimentary rock can do? Young readers will root for this less-than-pint–sized hero while he makes the most of his own personal talents. Though they may miss some of the rock-related allusions, they will learn a bit about rock types and formations (factual information is included in the final notes).

Replete with wry, comic references and infused with a sense of adventure, this is a lighthearted tale that readers will certainly not “take for granite.” (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 20th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-399-17388-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2017




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