Charlotte And The Rock

Title: Charlotte And The Rock
Author:  Stephen W. Martin
Illustrator: Samantha Cotterill
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Genre/Format: Picture Book
Ages: 3-5


When Charlotte asks her parents for a pet, a rock isn’t exactly what she has in mind. But she loves her new pet anyway. If only he could love Charlotte back…

In Charlotte And The Rock, Charlotte has always really wanted a pet, so when her parents present her with one for her birthday she expects a cat, dog, or maybe a bird. Instead, she receives a rock.  Charlotte is disappointed at first – rocks can’t cuddle or fetch or even pretend to eat her homework – but it isn’t long before she and her rock, Dennis, are the best of friends.  Charlotte loves Dennis. If only he could love her back…or can he?

About the Author: Stephen W. Martin
Stephen W. Martin is a writer and director, with several award-winning short films to his credit. He is the author of Robot Smash and is also the coauthor of Pop Manga with renowned manga artist and comics creator Camilla D’Errico.

About the Illustrator: Samantha Cotterill
Samantha Cotterill is an illustrator and textile designer. She works and resides with her family in Upstate New York.

My Thoughts:
Charlotte and the Rock is such a fun read for all ages.  My six-year old has read this book time and time again and still loves looking at the wonderfully done illustrations. Little Charlotte makes the best of the situation when she is given a pet rock for her birthday and loves it as if it’s a real pet. There is surprise twist at the end, but you’ll have to pick up a copy of the book to find out what it is.

Charlotte And The Rock can be found at your local book retailer or online at stores like Amazon.


Samantha has been blogging for over 8 years and is a wife and homeschool mom of 4 from North Carolina.

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