The Secret of Black Rock – Joe Todd-Stanton

      The Secret of Black Rock – Joe Todd-Stanton, Flying Eye Books, (9781911171256), 2017

Format: Hardcover picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Erin Pike lived with her mother and her dog Archie near a big fishing town. Erin wanted to go to sea with her Mum who had a fishing boat but was not allowed to because of the dangerous BLACK ROCK! Legends abounded concerning the rock: it did not stay in one place so it could smash a boat to pieces and it was huge and jagged. Erin kept stowing away on her mother’s boat but Archie always sniffed her out. Finally able to stow away, Erin falls off the boat unseen, disappearing down, down, down into the depths. But the Black rock noticed her and picked her up, saving her. Now Erin must convince the villagers that the Rock was nothing to be feared – but how? A fairytale world is created that should enchant children as much as the old-fashioned illustrations that fit the story perfectly.

Anything you did not like about this book? Nothing I did not like.

To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend this one to fans of the Hilda books by Luke Pearson.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Top quarter of the pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 4/18/2017

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