The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Review by Logaine Navascués

Sometimes a picture book comes along that reframes the possibilities of the form itself. Jon Klassen has already demonstrated his ability to play with readers’ expectations with wit and irony in his iconic hat trilogy. In The Rock from the Sky, Klassen again challenges the inseparable nature of word and image intrinsic to the picture book, while also defying conventions of the format with its 96 pages and multi-chapter structure—five consecutive short stories in one volume!— proposing a reading that is both blunt yet mysterious, simple yet multilayered. … More The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound by James Rhodes, Illus. by Martin O’Neill

Review by Louise Brecht

James Rhodes’ Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound is a spellbinding introduction to the rock star composers of the classical music era(s). Cleverly crafted to resonate with teen readers unfamiliar with this genre, its message that our current tunesmiths are born from classical roots is potent for lapsed fans or music aficionados, regardless of age. … More Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound by James Rhodes, Illus. by Martin O’Neill