From the author-illustrator of Pardon Me! and Float comes a funny and fun picture book about a little bug who proves that even the small can be mighty.
When a power-hungry grasshopper king wants a throne to loom over his bug subjects, he summons each of them to “bring me a rock!” One by one, the bugs bring him the biggest rocks they can carry, but one little bug can contribute only a very small pebble. The grasshopper king shuns the little bug. But when his throne is in danger of tipping, that little bug might be the only one who can save him.
With beautiful, bold illustrations and a folk-tale sensibility, Bring Me a Rock! is a classic underdog tale with a humorous twist.
In Miyares's (Float) crisply focused fable, a tyrant of a grasshopper orders his insect subjects to bring him rocks: "I will have a majestic pedestal fit for a king." The insects line up, straining under the weight of their rocks as the grasshopper gives each a bored glance. "Is that the best you've got?" he yawns. A pipsqueak bug with a tiny rock rouses his ire: "I need big rocks, not puny pebbles!" he shouts in big, all-caps type. But when the grasshopper's throne starts to totter, the little bug saves the day, stuffing his rock into a crevice to stabilize it. With the goodwill he earns, the little bug persuades the grasshopper to redistribute the rocks. Equal thrones for all! It's a novel take on how to get along with bullies: rather than defy them, look for an opportunity to gain influence and power an approach with a certain pragmatic persuasiveness. With its insect-eye perspective, deeply saturated colors, intersecting planes, and unusual angles (from the very top of the throne, for example), Miyares's artwork delivers his message with impact. Ages 4 8.