Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, February 27, 2012


The city is always full of hustle and bustle, leaving everyone too busy to just have a little fun.  But what will they do when the lights go out?

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!

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