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BlackoutJohn Rocco

John Rocco - BlackoutNew York Times Bestseller

Winner of The Caldecott Honor

New York Times Best Book of the Year
Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Best Book of the Year

ALA Notable Book
Optioned by 20th Century Fox for Film


“Warm and sweet…an argument for turning off devices and spending more time with people.” —The New York Times

“Rocco evokes the strangeness and awe of a city when the lights go out…”  —The Wall Street Journal

“Sublime…Rocco gets everything right.” —Publishers Weekly

“Engaging…Brilliantly designed.” —Kirkus

“Rocco’s lustrous, animation-quality artwork somehow manages to get richer the darker it gets.” —Booklist

John Rocco studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is the author of four acclaimed books for children: Wolf! Wolf!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; Moonpowder, part of the Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators; Fu Finds the Way, and Blackout a New York Times Bestseller, winner of the Caldecott Honor, and a New York Times Best Book of the Year. Rocco also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg's Alice and all the covers for Rick Riordan's multi-million copy internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Most recently, Rocco illustrated the The Flint Heart, written by Katherine and John Paterson, How To Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton, and Beep! Beep! Go To Sleep! by Todd Tarpley. He is also the author, with Jay Primiano, of the YA novel Swim That Rock.

For many years Rocco has also been an art director in the entertainment industry, both in the US and abroad. At Dreamworks, Rocco was the pre-production art director on the top-grossing animated film Shrek. For Walt Disney Imagineering, he designed attractions at Disney's Epcot and served as art director for DisneyQuest, a virtual reality theme park in Downtown Disney. At ImagineAsia in Manila, Philippines, he oversaw production of CGI animation, motion capture and story development for several projects.  Rocco has worked with computer graphics pioneer Robert Abel, the creator of some of the first CGI commercials and special effects, and contributed to several museum projects including Newseum in Washington D.C. and Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.  A solo exhibition of Rocco’s work will appear at the Orlando Museum of Modern Art, July-October 2012. Rocco lives in Los Angeles.


Rocco Lightning Thief Rocco Red Pyramid Rocco Lost Hero
Blizzard  Fu
      Swim That Rock
Superhairo           Wolf! Wolf!