The Secret of Black Rock

TheSecretOfBlackRock_RGBThe Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: June 13th, 2017
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Recommended Age: 5+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Picture Books, Adventure, Nature, Preservation


Erin loves to lie on the jetty, looking for the weirdest fish in the sea—the weirder, the better! And she knows the best ones must be further out, where her mum won’t let her go.

Out there in the deepest sea lies the Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it! Can Erin uncover the truth behind this mysterious legend?


Oh, how much I loved this book. In my opinion, it is absolutely perfect. But then again, I have a really, really soft spot for characters who care about the environment and want to save it.

Erin lives near the sea. Every day, she looks at it, and wishes to be with her mother, who owns a boat she uses to fish. Erin can’t go with her, even if she really, really wants to, because of the black rock, which is considered to be the most dangerous thing beyond the shore by the sailors and fisher(wo)men.

But Erin, the curious little girl that she is, can’t help herself. She pays a visit to the black rock to see for herself what everyone is so afraid of. She’s an adventurer. When she discovers the truth about the rock, she sympathizes and tries to make everyone else see that it’s not as terrifying as it looks.


The pictures are incredible. This is my second book from this author/illustrator, so I was not surprised by the quality of the graphics, as I expected them to enchant me. Still, I’m happy they did. Sometimes I think I know an illustrator’s style, only to realize that maybe I didn’t know it as well as I thought I did. This is not the case here.

So many hearts are in my eyes right now. I want every child to read this book and learn about nature’s beauty.


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