- Old Rock (Is Not Boring) by Deb Pilutti
Pilutti, Deb Old Rock (Is Not Boring); written and illus. by Deb Pilutti. Putnam, 2020 [40p] Trade ed. ISBN 978-0-525-51818-1 $17.99 E-book ed. ISBN 978-0-525-51819-8 $10.99 Reviewed from galleys R 4-7 yrs
Old Rock sits "in the same spot, at the edge of a clearing in the middle of a pine forest" every day, and the other forest residents insist the rock must be bored. 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. Art depicts Old Rock with an eager smile and bushy white eyebrows reminiscent of a grandfather figure; casein paint gives landscapes a textured quality that enhance Old Rock's old adventures with an aged effect, portrayed in shifting color palettes for each scene that correlate with the bitter cold of the ice age and the warmth of the volcano. This could be an interesting partner to Wenzel's poetic A Stone Sat Still (BCCB 10/19), and it could prompt viewers to ask their elders about their adventures back in the olden days or simply to appreciate rocks and their journeys; a diagram at the end of the book details a scientific timeline for all of Old Rock's experiences.