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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2022)

Even rocks have big dreams in this sweet and wacky picture book for fans of Aaron Reynolds and Mac Barnett about a display rock who longs to explore the great outdoors!

Rick is a rock. For as long as he can remember, he’s lived on the Nature Finds shelf in Room 214 alongside an acorn, some moss, and a piece of bark. One day, the teacher shows the class what rocks do outdoors, and Rick is captivated. Exploding out of volcanos? Plunging off cliffs? Now Rick’s determined to get outside—after all, he’s a rock, and rocks are made for adventure.

But when Rick does make his way into the great outdoors, he finds it’s not quite what he imagined—and that sometimes the greatest adventure of all is being a friend.


"Mixing laugh-out-loud narration with comics-style framing, previous collaborators Falatko and Chan (The Great Indoors) earn a gold star for comedy cooperation." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

PW Best Books of 2022

JLG Gold Standard Selection

Indigo Most Anticipated Canadian Book

Ideas Library audio book

Kentucky Bluegrass Award 2023-204 Nominee

Indiana Young Hoosier Award, 2024-2025 nominee 

Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) Show Me Readers Award 2024-2025 Finalist

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