Monday, February 1, 2016
by Matt de la Pena
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.
Matt de la Pena's Last Stop On Market Street recently won the 2016 Newbery Medal - and a Caldecott Honor! As I read the picture book, it was very apparent why. The unspoken themes of the delightful book are joy and gratitude, shared from the perspective of a grandmother to her grandson. I immediately thought: This is unlike any picture book I've ever read. Within its few pages are hidden some huge secrets to having a wonderful life - at any age - but sure to lighten the heart of young readers of all ages and ethnicities. In addition to an extraordinary story, Christian Robinson's whimsical illustrations illuminate the text in a delightful way. I obviously highly recommend Last Stop On Market Street to readers from the ages of eight to eighty!
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