Old Rock has been sitting in the same spot in the forest for as long as anyone can remember. Beetle, Tall Pine, and Hummingbird think just sitting there must be boring, but they are in for a wonderful surprise. Quirky charm infuses this tale of Old Rock’s life story, which is much more exciting than you’d expect.
Deb Pilutti wrote and illustrated Ten Rules of Being a Superhero, Bear and Squirrel Are Friends
, and The Secrets of Ninja School
, and illustrated Idea Jar
by Adam Lehrhaupt. Her inspiration for this book began with a doodle of a rock with a face. It looked like it could be a character, but Deb dismissed it, thinking, Rocks don't DO anything. They just sit there. That would be a boring book.
Luckily, she dug a little deeper and Old Rock's story came to life. Deb lives with her husband and their border collie, Wilson, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“A witty, engaging exploration of deep time . . . This picture book rocks!” –Kirkus
, starred review
“This is a wonderful story about mistaken assumptions, and taking the time to listen to a variety of perspectives and experiences. Part scientific history, part storytelling, Old Rock is content with his lot in life, and Old Rock is not boring! This is a brilliant book for school and public libraries and one that children will be drawn to.” –School Library Journal, starred review
“Pilutti puts a smile and wide eyes on the rock and places it among an increasingly fascinated animal audience in a set of simply drawn, usually idyllic cartoon scenes. ‘They are not bored,’ she concludes, nor will younger readers and listeners be once they realize that every
rock they see has a similar story to tell.” –Booklist
"After Hummingbird, Spotted Beetle, and Tall Pine regale Old Rock with tales of their adventures, Old Rock relays a rich history in which he was shot from a volcano, hid dinosaurs from predators, survived an ice age, traveled frozen in a glacier, and rolled onto plains populated with mastodons. This readaloud will put any of Grandpa’s long-winded stories into perspective, as Old Rock really does have some valuable tales to offer.” --The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books