Flying Eye

The Secret of Black Rock (Picture Book – Flying Eye)

Flying Eye

The Secret of Black Rock (Picture Book – Flying Eye)


Product Code: FE014

Age: 3y+

11 in stock



This surreal modern folk-tale tells the story of an adventurous young girl who must protect a peaceful living creature – now in paperback!

Erin is fascinated by the stories of Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near it! But are the tales really true? One day Erin sneaks on board her mother’s fishing boat to find out…


“Todd-Stanton’s tale is, at first glance, a deceptively simple tale of acceptance and bravery. However, he deftly infuses his narrative with quiet depth, including a positive ecological slant in which nature wins over machines, and portrays Erin’s single mother succeeding in a typically male-dominated profession. The illustrations are dazzling and vibrantly hued, the rich palette just right for the resplendent undersea scenes that adroitly float young readers’ sense of magic just under the surface of the mundane. A winner on many levels.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“The gentle environmental message takes on a kind of magic in Todd-Stanton’s pictures of Erin suspended in the ocean among incandescent jellyfish or facing down a monstrous, weaponised fishing fleet in the moonlight. A young artist to watch.” – The Guardian

“A fairytale world is created that should enchant children as much as the old-fashioned illustrations that fit the story perfectly.” – Youth Services Book Review

“The layers of ocean life and the benign Black Rock are beautifully rendered in this wonderfully tactile hardback, while the gently delivered environmental message adds a welcome real-life depth to the modern mythic tale.”- Irish Times

“An original picture book story that is superbly illustrated from cover to cover, Joe Todd-Stanton’s “The Secret of Black Rock” is a compelling and entertaining read for children ages 5 to 8, making it an extraordinary and highly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections.” – Midwest Book Review

“This is an exceptionally illustrated modern folk-tale […] You will love Erin and her large heart, courage, sense of adventure, and ability to stand up for what she believes in!” – A Story A Day

“This book is truly an amazing read! […] The illustration is magnificent!” – How Useful It Is

Paperback: 32 pages

ISBN: 9781911171744

Dimensions: 27.1 x 0.7 x 23.3 cm

Written & Illustrated by: Joe Todd Stanton

About the Author:

Joe Todd-Stanton grew up in Brighton and studied at UWE Bristol, receiving a first class degree in Illustration. Joe has been commissioned to work for clients such as Oxford University Press, Usborne Publishing and Aquila magazine.