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Blackout by John Rocco
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It's a normal summer night in the city for this family. The youngest child wants to play a board game, but everyone else is busy, busy, busy. But all of a sudden, all the lights in the whole city go out. Blackout. The stifling heat of the apartment drives the family up and out onto the roof where there’s a block party going on. A block party that extends into the streets with people laughing, singing, and playing. When the lights come back on everything goes back to normal, except for one family, who decides to turn out the lights and play a board game together.

The illustrations are a mix of two page spreads and comic book like panels that move the story along cinematically. When the lights are on the city buildings look brown in the warm, golden light. After the blackout the family explores their block in grays and blues. I also love that the book, like a city, is populated by citizens of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors. The short text moves along swiftly, with short asides in speech bubbles along the way.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2...
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