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John Rocco

Biography

John Rocco

John Rocco is the jacket artist for Rick Riordan's best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. He is also the author-illustrator of FU FINDS THE WAY, WOLF! WOLF!, MOONPOWDER, and BLACKOUT and collaborated with Whoopi Goldberg on the picture book ALICE. He was previously creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering and serves as preproduction director at Dreamworks for the film Shrek

Rocco studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and School of Visual Arts in New York City. For many years Rocco has been an art director in the entertainment industry, both in the US and abroad. 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. 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.

John Rocco

Books by John Rocco

Written by Jason Carter Eaton with illustrations by John Rocco - Children's 4-8, Fiction, Humor
Want a pet truck? Rumble up to this handy guidebook offering everything you need to know. Bone up on habitat: monster trucks like abandoned parking lots; moving trucks live in busy neighborhoods; ice-cream trucks and snowplows migrate in the winter. Pick the right breed for your home (a car transporter in a small apartment would not be a wise choice). Learn to identify your truck by its tire tracks, and soon, with the lure of some orange cones, you’ll have a loyal vehicle following you home, a happy hum under its hood.
by Rick Riordan and John Rocco - Children's, Fantasy, Mythology, Short Stories

Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan's legions of devoted fans --- and for anyone who needs a hero. 

written by Todd Tarpley, illustrated by John Rocco - Children's

When his three rambunctious robots give every possible excuse not to go to sleep, what's a little boy to do? With a fun refrain that will have readers of all ages chanting along, here's a book that kids will be begging to read every night before bed.

by John Rocco - Picture

Based on John Rocco's childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought fifty-three inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island. Told with a brief text and dynamic illustrations, the book opens with a boy's excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window.

Written by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco - Fiction, Mythology, Picture

 

"A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week." So begins PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GOD, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. 

written by Jay Primiano, illustrated by John Rocco - Young Adult 14+
by Jason Carter Eaton and John Rocco - Fiction, Technology

Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, even a dinosaur is easy. But what if somebody’s taste in pets runs to the more mechanical kind? What about those who like cogs and gears more than feathers and fur? People who prefer the call of a train whistle to the squeal of a guinea pig? Or maybe dream of a smudge of soot on their cheek, not slobber? In this spectacularly illustrated picture book, kids who love locomotives (and what kid doesn’t?) will discover where trains live, what they like to eat, and the best train tricks around --- everything it takes to lay the tracks for a long and happy friendship. All aboard!

written by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson, illustrated by John Rocco - Fiction

An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe's magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges ...