One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. The TV shuts off and a boy wails, "Mommm!" His sister can no longer use the phone, Mom can't work on her computer, and Dad can't finish cooking dinner. What's a family to do?
When they go up to the roof to escape the heat, they find the lights--in
stars that can be seen for a change--and so many neighbors it's like a
block party in the sky! On the street below, people are having just as
much fun--talking, rollerblading, and eating ice cream before it melts.
The boy and his family enjoy being not so busy for once. They even have
time to play a board game together. When the electricity is restored,
everything can go back to normal . . . but not everyone likes normal.
The boy switches off the lights, and out comes the board game again.
Using a combination of panels and full bleed illustrations that move from color to black-and-white and back to color, John Rocco shows that if we are willing to put our cares aside for a while, there is party potential in a summer blackout.
Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
DRA Level: 16
Lexile Measure: BR
Grade Equivalent: 1.1
Guided Reading Level: I
* Caldecott 2012 Honor Book
* School Library Journal Notable Children's Book
* Publisher's Weekly Notable Children's Books
* Wall Street Journal Best Children's Books of the Year
* New York Times Best Children's Books of the Year
* Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
Below are sample spreads from early inside this fantastically illustrated book:
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