Monday, February 27, 2012
Blackout by John Rocco is a 2012 Caldecott Honor book.
This is a perfect book for urban dwellers looking to add a little magic to their environment. The city before the blackout will be familiar to many children and their parents: A whir of activity without much time to look around. As soon as the blackout hits, however, it transforms into a world that rivals the deep forests long familiar to picture book readers. The rooftops are filled with parties and bar-be-ques. The streets are alive with vendors and musicians. Everywhere there is a sense of community. And maybe that closeness can be preserved, even when the lights come back on. As a bonus, interracial families are presented as a fact without editorial comment.
Blackout is published by Hyperion and retails for $16.99 (hardcover). I read my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes. You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!