This is My Rock by David Lucas
  

This is My Rock

Written by David Lucas
Illustrated by David Lucas

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Standing atop a mountain all day and night can be lonely, especially when you have no one else to play with…

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This is My Rock by David Lucas

“This is my rock!” proclaims a young goat. “It’s not yours,” he bleats at Eagle. “Or yours,” he grumbles at Bear. “Nor yours!” he shouts at the other goats that dare to climb his rock. But standing atop a mountain all day and night can be lonely, especially when you have no one else to play with…

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.. .inviting a broader consideration of the ins and outs of ownership than the usual toy-oriented run of sharing titles--many of which even share the same title: Mine!--this outdoorsy epiphany offers a more peaceable resolution than Jon Klassen's Hat fables. A rocky climb to wisdom. -Kirkus Reviews It's Lucas's illustrations that really sell the story, as well as the goat's stubborn defensiveness. His warm palette, geometric borders, and stylized celestial objects are suggestive of the American Southwest, while his young hero's wide, staring eyes and theatrical body language its anger, regret, and glee. -Publishers Weekly Lucas's art is stylized and angular, filling the page with a design quality [...] in some ways, there is an old fashioned feel to his work, like something from the late 1960s or early 1970s. Using limited language and animated interactions, this is definitely something a little kid can enjoy without the help of a reader, but a reader might make it even more fun. --Vermicious All facets of the art of the picture-book creator are splendidly brought together here, reminding us that simplicity of approach can be as effective as complexity. -The Irish Times David's previous book for Flying Eye, A Letter for Bear, received a Kirkus Star: Lucas

... overlapping panels, interrupted borders and head-tilting angles define Bear's frosty world... A wintry, holiday read much like a gingerbread house: ... poignant, sweet, soul-warming and studded with delicious details that warrant close inspection. - Kirkus Star Review As remarkable a writer as he is an illustrator. --Publishers Weekly Lucas's work brings to mind such great exponents of graphic art as Saul Steinberg and Paul Klee. --Ian Beck, The Times 'The lyrical ease of Lucas's line recalls the aesthetics of an earlier era and greats like Ludwig Bemelmans and Jean de Brunhoff.

-...inviting a broader consideration of the ins and outs of ownership than the usual toy-oriented run of -sharing- titles--many of which even -share- the same title: Mine!--this outdoorsy epiphany offers a more peaceable resolution than Jon Klassen's Hat fables. A rocky climb to wisdom.--Kirkus Reviews -It's Lucas's illustrations that really sell the story, as well as the goat's stubborn defensiveness. His warm palette, geometric borders, and stylized celestial objects are suggestive of the American Southwest, while his young hero's wide, staring eyes and theatrical body language its anger, regret, and glee.--Publishers Weekly -Lucas's art is stylized and angular, filling the page with a design quality [...] in some ways, there is an old fashioned feel to his work, like something from the late 1960s or early 1970s. Using limited language and animated interactions, this is definitely something a little kid can enjoy without the help of a reader, but a reader might make it even more fun.---Vermicious -All facets of the art of the picture-book creator are splendidly brought together here, reminding us that simplicity of approach can be as effective as complexity.--The Irish Times .. .inviting a broader consideration of the ins and outs of ownership than the usual toy-oriented run of sharing titlesmany of which even share the same title: Mine!this outdoorsy epiphany offers a more peaceable resolution than Jon Klassen's Hat fables. A rocky climb to wisdom. -Kirkus Reviews

Lucas s art is stylized and angular, filling the page with a design quality [] in some ways, there is an old fashioned feel to his work, like something from the late 1960s or early 1970s. Using limited language and animated interactions, this is definitely something a little kid can enjoy without the help of a reader, but a reader might make it even more fun. Vermicious

About the Author

David Lucas

David Lucas - As a child

"I was born in Middlesbrough, where my Mum was a teacher and my Dad worked in the steel works. I am the third of six brothers, and as children we were all dressed the same - same haircut, same jeans, same jumpers. When I was five years old we came to London (my Dad had decided to go to Art College) and at first we lived in a tent before moving to a council flat in Hackney. My parents both loved nature so I often spent holidays exploring forests and wandering on the moors in Yorkshire or by the seashore. I loved ruins and castles too - magical, haunted places. I always enjoyed drawing and in my teens I became fascinated by mythology and fairytales and folklore and began writing stories and inventing imaginary worlds and characters."

As an adult

"I live in east London, close to where I grew up, beside Victoria Park. My home is full of strange old books - books of magic spells and secret alphabets and half forgotten legends. I collect old toys too, and colourful folk art and carvings of scary tribal gods with staring eyes. I've always liked fancy dress parties - it's fun pretending to be someone you're not - and I enjoy being on my own in nature - I love places where I can escape the modern world and imagine I'm living centuries ago. I just feel very lucky to be able to make my living from writing stories and making pictures and mostly I live a very quiet life."

As an artist

"I believe the world is alive with magic - and it's that feeling that really inspires my work. My drawing is picture-writing - I never draw from life - I make patterns, as if I were knitting with ink. Writing, for me, is pattern-making too - putting words together as if they were simple shapes, making story-patterns that are a mixture of autobiography and myth and fairytale. I spend the mornings writing, looking out onto the park, listening to the birds singing and the canal boats chugging past. I paint and draw in my studio near London Fields. As well as making picture books I'm also working on an illustrated fantasy novel."

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Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

David Lucas
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Author's Website

www.davidlucas.org.uk/

Publisher

Flying Eye Books

Publication date

1st March 2015

ISBN

9781909263505

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