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A Chip Off the Old Block

Written by Jody Jensen Shaffer & illustrated by Daniel Miyares
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books
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A plucky pebble shows true grit as he travels the country trying to find out if he fits in with any of his famous rock-formation relatives.

Rocky comes from a long line of rock stars! Uncle Gibraltar, Aunt Etna, and Great-Grandma Half Dome are just some of the legendary rock formations he calls family. It’s no wonder he wants to matter in a big way too–but it’s not easy trying to get a foothold. Rocky gets tossed by The Wave and driven away at Devil’s Tower–but he’s determined not to allow these pitfalls to chip away at his confidence. Rather than feeling crushed, he keeps on rolling, hoping to become the rock-star he knows he’s meant to be.

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  • “Tons of his relatives were rock stars!”
  • “‘I want to do something important, too!’ said Rocky.”
  • “‘I did it! I did something important! I saved Abraham Lincoln!’”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Rocky wants to do something important like his relatives. What do you want to do with your life? Do you want to do something your relatives have done? What do you enjoy doing?

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Who Wrote A Chip Off the Old Block

Jody Jensen Shaffer
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Jody Jensen Shaffer is an award-winning poet and the author of more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction for children, including THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLED, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, IT’S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS! and PRUDENCE THE PART-TIME COW, Missouri’s pick for the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. September 2, 2017. PRUDENCE is also a nominee for Missouri’s 2019-2020 Show Me Award! Jody’s poetry has been published in magazines like Highlights, Ladybug, and Clubhouse Jr. Jody lives with her husband and kids in Liberty, Missouri, and is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. When she’s not writing, Jody can be found watching baseball or walking her rescue dog, Sophie. Visit Jody at or on Twitter @jodywrites4kids.

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Who Illustrated A Chip Off the Old Block

Daniel Miyares

Daniel Miyares is an author and illustrator of stories for children. He grew up in the foothills of South Carolina before studying at Ringling College of Art and Design. After graduating with a BFA in illustration, he headed west to Kansas City, where he lives with his wife and their two children. He has collaborated with a number of clients, including Hallmark Cards, Simon & Schuster, Charlesbridge Publishing, Imagine Books, The New York Times, National Geographic, Spider magazine, Ladybug magazine, and The Kansas City Star.

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February 20, 2018
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Text set in Boucherie Flared, Boucherie Sans, and Neutraface Text.
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The art for this book was made by using watercolors and acrylic paints on paper, as well as digital tools.
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