Rocks in His Head

Rocks in His Head

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060294038
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 476,176
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Carol Otis Hurst is a storyteller, teacher, children's book critic, and columnist for Teaching K-8 Magazine. She is the author of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Rocks in His Head.


James Stevenson is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. His popular column, "Lost and Found New York," has appeared regularly in the newspaper since 2003. He was on the staff of The New Yorker for more than three decades; his work includes 2,000 cartoons and 80 covers, as well as reporting and fiction. He is also the author and illustrator of over 100 children's books. He lives in Connecticut.

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Rocks in His Head 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jmilton11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Realistic FictionMedia: Watercolor and black penAge: Primary, intermediateReview: A man collecting rocks throughout his lifetime and then losing his job because of the Depression is very plausible. A lot of people lost their job during this time. The characters in the book are not real people also.
MelAKnee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not everyone is meant to own a gas station, but sometimes those with rocks in their head just do. From a young age, Mr. Otis loved rocks. Every where he went he was in search of the best rocks. He built shelves for them in his home and his gas station to proudly display his treasures. After the Great Depression, Mr. Otis had to sell his gas station and look for work. He spent some of his time admiring the rocks at the science museum. While there, a curator of the museum inquired about his fancy for the rocks on display. He explained to her that he has always had rocks in his head. She offered him a position as a janitor in the museum and he was delighted to be able to spend more time with the rocks at the museum. After a while, despite his lack of a college degree, the curator offered him a job as her assistant. Sometimes it doesn't hurt to have what you love occupy your head. Even if it's rocks!
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a true story of the author's father, whose passion for rocks (even when other people teased him gently about it) eventually led him to become director of a museum and, in her own words, "probably the happiest man I ever knew".I love this one beyond belief. It's very sweet and nostalgic. Don't let it pass you by.I will say that it's probably better suited for the older end of the 4-8 range. It's a bit wordy, and some of the details about their lives - much of the book takes place during the Depression - are going to go right over the heads of the younger ones.