Thursday, January 19, 2017
Bring Me A Rock! Written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares. Simon & Schuster, 2016. $22.99 ages 3 and up
FIT FOR A KING.
YAWN. NEXT, PLEASE.
IS THAT THE BEST
The grasshopper king is extremely regal, and very demanding. He has command over a loyal and productive group of lowly subjects. They do what they can to respond to his every wish, despite the silliness of the request. If he wants a pedestal, and a majestic one at that, they will do his bidding. He is not thrilled with their efforts.
He is especially not pleased with the littlest bug's desire to please.
"I NEED BIG
BE GONE, LITTLE BUG!"
Off the little bug goes, despondent yet knowing. The pedestal is built, the grasshopper king sits atop it. That is, until it teeters and then totters, leaving the king hanging by his tiny front feet. Then, it's the little bug to the rescue. He has the perfect solution! Funny that from small things come big solutions, isn't it?
Payback? You will be surprised and delighted.
I love to read a new fable, and this one is just right for its message that everyone matters and can make an equally valuable contribution. The artwork is stunning. Color choice, perspective, and individual characterization beg careful concentration of all that is happening here. It is a wonderful book to read aloud ... once, and then twice, and maybe even a third time.
And, if you have not yet seen Float (Simon & Schuster, 2015), don't wait any longer. It will simply up your admiration for this talented and insightful artist.