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Blackout by John Rocco
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May 29, 11

bookshelves: 2011-picture-books, review-copy

A family is spending a typical summer evening busy with all their own activities. One is on the phone, another cooking, another working, all ignoring one another. Until the lights go out. Blackout in the city. Forced to spend time together, the family realizes that spending time together, without technology, can be a lot of fun!

They venture outside where, together with their neighbors, they partake in a blackout block party and also take time to star at the stars, which are a rare view in the city. When all the lights come back on, the family goes back to their every day routine...but also take time to turn off lights and enjoy each other's company.

I love John Rocco as an illustrator (he does the cover artwork for Rick Riordan's books, as well as his own) and this book proves to me that he can also be an awesome storyteller. The text is simple and direct and the illustrations, done in both black and white and color are just beautiful. It's my favorite for this summer so far!
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