Sunday, April 3, 2016

PICTURE BOOK - Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Illustrated by Christian Robinson
2015 G. P. Putnam's Sons
HC $16.99 (Amazon 10.54)
Goodreads rating:4.18
My rating: 4.5
Endpapers Bright yellow with cream drawings of items from the story

2016 Newbery Medal
2016 Caldecott Honor
2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor

My comments:  Yes, a wonderful story - full of kindness, positivity, and making a difference in the world.  Lots of good stuff for all - including 4th graders (admittedly my current focus).  However, I'm not happy with it receiving the Newbery Award this year.  Am I old fashioned?  A purist?  I really like that kids' chapter books/novels have such a prestigious award just for them, and awarding it to a picture book (which, I know, has happened before) bother me a bit.  Oh well, it doesn't take away from the wonderfulness of the book, just an itch that bothers me....

Goodreads: Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.
           This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.

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