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... show more
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.
Publish date: May 24th 2011
Pages no: 40
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Picture Books
, New York
, Sequential Art
, Graphic Novels
When I went to the library the other day, this is one picture book that stood out to me because of the beautiful art style. I loved how dark the illustrations looked compared to other picture books. Of course, I had no idea that the book was about a family living in the big city and them experiencin...
Almost fooled me! The book's well-drawn graphic novel style, spare pacing, and enchanting representation of a family in a power outage just about masked the story's attempt to teach us all a lesson. Once more, the fact that I agree with the message doesn't help. I don't think the sermon is in genera...
Sometimes it takes a natural disaster - like a blackout - before people can take some time from their busy lives and spend time together. Great illustrations and a great message.
Truly dazzling illustrations! My daughter and I were both 'ooohing' and 'aaahing over them'. Very sweet story too!
No one has time to play a game with a little boy. Then the lights go out and everything is changed. The family’s electronic gadgets don’t work and suddenly everyone has time. The family goes up on the roof and then down to the street where everyone is having a party. And even when the power comes ba...