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Blackout by John Rocco
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Jul 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, children-s, picture, bes12-13, caldecott
Read in July, 2011

A busy family has to put their regular evening routine on hold when the power goes out. This is a great story! The young protagonist (the gender is a bit ambiguous) really wants to play a board game with the family. Everyone is too busy and s/he resorts to playing a video game. "And then...the lights went out." The family lights candles, visits the building roof to see the stars and connect with neighbors, and end up on the city streets. Everything returns to normal but the family has a new appreciation for spending time together.

I loved the illustrations in Rocco's picture book and the graphic novel format. This is a book that will be attractive to reluctant readers in grades 2 - 3. Highly recommended as a read aloud or easy introduction to graphic novels for students in grades 1 - 3.
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