Bring me a rock!

Daniel Miyares

Book - 2016

"A tiny insect king demands a rock with which to build his throne"--

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
ISBN
9781481446020
1481446029
Main Author
Daniel Miyares (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

From the lush grasses of a vast field, Grasshopper—­king of the insects—commands, "Bring me a rock!" and his many-legged subjects scurry to comply. Soon the bugs return with large rocks hefted over their heads, ready for the king's inspection. Not just any rock will do, as these are to be used to build a "majestic pedestal." A blue rhinoceros beetle, a yellow leaf bug, and a green praying mantis deposit their stony offerings at their snooty sovereign's feet, but a tiny beetle's pebble is callously rejected. Before long the grasshopper is lounging atop his new tower, which starts swaying alarmingly. It seems the king's throne has a pebble-sized problem. Miyares' verdant digital-and-watercolor illustrations bring humor to this tyrannical tale with funny details and open expressions on the insects' faces. Large-scale artwork in bold colors and a minimal text make this easy to share with a group. Consider pairing with Olivier Tallec's Louis I, King of the Sheep (2015) for another example of rulers run amok. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Miyares's (Float) crisply focused fable, a tyrant of a grasshopper orders his insect subjects to bring him rocks: "I will have a majestic pedestal fit for a king." The insects line up, straining under the weight of their rocks as the grasshopper gives each a bored glance. "Is that the best you've got?" he yawns. A pipsqueak bug with a tiny rock rouses his ire: "I need big rocks, not puny pebbles!" he shouts in big, all-caps type. But when the grasshopper's throne starts to totter, the little bug saves the day, stuffing his rock into a crevice to stabilize it. With the goodwill he earns, the little bug persuades the grasshopper to redistribute the rocks. Equal thrones for all! It's a novel take on how to get along with bullies: rather than defy them, look for an opportunity to gain influence and power—an approach with a certain pragmatic persuasiveness. With its insect-eye perspective, deeply saturated colors, intersecting planes, and unusual angles (from the very top of the throne, for example), Miyares's artwork delivers his message with impact. Ages 4–8. Agent: Studio Goodwin Sturges. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—As in Miyares's Pardon Me!, creatures stand in for humans, allowing the author plenty of latitude to explore less than exemplary behavior. In this leafy world, the grasshopper king's first words are the titular command; he desires a "majestic pedestal." The colorful parade of insects produce a variety of gray rocks that reach toward the sky as the assembly progresses, but the ruler is unimpressed. When the littlest fellow presents his pebble, the king dismisses the offering and the bug in a disdainful rant. The digitally manipulated watercolors portray a verdant habitat. Full-bleed spreads alternate with small cameos on white backgrounds for a pleasing variety. Extreme shifts in perspective enhance the drama—first, the king's enormous body crosses the gutter to stare down at the tiny insect cowering in the corner. Later, the reclining royal sips his drink (replete with a miniature cocktail umbrella) from a dizzying aerial viewpoint. Suddenly, the tower starts to teeter. When the smallest citizen's contribution saves the day, the chagrined king grants him a favor. Ultimately all the insects are elevated to the same level. Children with bossy classmates or siblings will recognize the type, and the situation will certainly be familiar to those who have heard Aesop's fables. VERDICT This artist's engaging caricatures offer a fresh tale replete with humor, as well as a wordless conclusion that is open to interpretation. There is much here to spark classroom discussion about feelings and the role of the silent observers.—Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library [Page 81]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A tiny insect king demands a rock with which to build his throne.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"A tiny insect king demands a rock with which to build his throne"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the author-illustrator of Pardon Me! and Float comes a funny and fun picture book about a little bug who proves that even the small can be mighty.When a power-hungry grasshopper king wants a throne to loom over his bug subjects, he summons each of them to “bring me a rock!” One by one, the bugs bring him the biggest rocks they can carry, but one little bug can contribute only a very small pebble. The grasshopper king shuns the little bug. But when his throne is in danger of tipping, that little bug might be the only one who can save him.With beautiful, bold illustrations and a folk-tale sensibility, Bring Me a Rock! is a classic underdog tale with a humorous twist.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From the author-illustrator of Pardon Me! and Float comes a funny and fun picture book about a little bug who proves that even the small can be mighty.When a power-hungry grasshopper king wants a throne to loom over his bug subjects, he summons each of them to 'bring me a rock!' One by one, the bugs bring him the biggest rocks they can carry, but one little bug can contribute only a very small pebble. The grasshopper king shuns the little bug. But when his throne is in danger of tipping, that little bug might be the only one who can save him.With beautiful, bold illustrations and a folk-tale sensibility, Bring Me a Rock! is a classic underdog tale with a humorous twist.