Things I ove about this book1 So many wonderful child friendly moments raindrops on your nose older kids with nicer stuff than you2 It is set in a diverse neighborhood and city that could be ANY city 3 It is sweet slow and poetic4 Vibrant saturated Keats ike illustrations5 An awesome grandmother stylish thoughtful and full of A Warlocks Dance (The Cursed Princes, love6 This would be a great book for a religious setting since it could be seen that it is Grandmother is motivated by her faith to help other in her community BUT it totally does not have to be readike that either7 What a great pairing of author and illustrator Nope This was a definite miss for me I can t believe it won the NewberyI have a feeling that much of this book s premise and intent would go right over kids heads Especially when it starts waxing poetic about sunsets and colours and the kid having some sort of eargasm from istening to music on the bus He s ittle enough to have to hold his grandmother s hand the sophistication of his reaction to music probably extends to I My First Kitten liked itI also couldn t stand Nana She s basically a virtue signalling harpy When the kid asks why a blind man can t see she gives him some airy fairy answer about how he sees with his other senses when the kid probably just wanted to know why his eyes didn t work the way his did When the kid says he wishes he had an iPodike the other boys on the bus Nana tells him to impose on the guy holding a guitar How does she know the guy is okay playing in front of strangers Maybe he s just trying to get from Point A to Point B without being harassed by an old woman with a sense of entitlement Sure in this case the guy starts playing voluntarily but then Nana gives the kid a Seeds of the Spirit 2000 look and he feels he has to give away the coin the bus driver gave him I bet Nana s the sort of person whol throw him a birthday party and then make him donate all his presents to charityMaybe I m too cynical for this Or maybe I just don t Pin-Up like books that try way too hard toook ike they re promoting virtuous behaviourOh and the illustrations are also terrible So there s that I have indeed much enjoyed the back and forth dialogue between young CJ and his grandmother And unlike readers who have been faulting Matt de a Pena for penning their conversations in a non standard American vernacular as a Loyal to His Lies linguist I do much appreciate the representation ofanguage as primarily oral and thus and yes not as universally standardised as this does not only add both colour and authenticity to the narrative of Last Stop on Market Street but importantly it also underlines that ALL The Favorite Daughter language except perhaps certain artificially createdingoes such as Esperanto originally were and generally still are dialects of multiple variation and that it is in fact these dialects these oral vernaculars that both enable that cause Fitness for Geeks language changeanguage development and evolution and NOT what is generally considered the written norm in other words without language change anguage development and evolution and NOT what is generally considered the written norm in other words without various parlances of the peoples there would also not be for example standard written various parlances of the peoples there would also not be for example standard written German French Italian Spanish etcBut while I have definitely enjoyed the general narrational set up of Last Stop on Market Street and do appreciate CJ s grandmother pointing out the many positives of his obviously inner city neighbourhood and that being friendly having a social conscience with the two of them taking a bus after church to volunteer at a ocal soup kitchen are generally important and essential than material wealth such as owning vehicles iPods and the ike I also tend to think that the grandmother is at times just a bit too insistent on knowing one s place in society and not striving to achieve Because while I do happen to agree with the message that too much materialism is not all that inherently wonderful the grandmother s attitude seems to almost suggest that CJ should not even dare to wish that his family had a car that wanting that desiring an iPod is somehow even very much wrong in and of itself And with that salient atter fact in mind I do and my general enjoyment of the textual presentation of Last Stop on Market Street uite notwithstanding kind of fault Matt de Winter Sunshine la Pena for verbally hitting us readers over our collective heads with his ideals of anti materialism of seeing beauty even in run down communities and neighbourhoods of promoting social responsibility I mean these are ALL philosophies with which I happen to most heartily and even very much adamantly AGREE but theack of displayed subtlety and textual nuances does really bother me a bit as it kind of makes me feel as though I am reading a sermon And is a somewhat preachy sermon on the evils of materialism and that one needs to see beauty everywhere that being socially aware and conscious is a positive truly worth the 2016 Newbery Medal for Last Stop on Market StreetNow with regard to Christian Robinson s accompanying illustrations which also won a 2016 Caldecott Honour designation for Last Stop on Market Street while I do absolutely adore and Naked Choke love the colours used and how the city in both its positives and negatives is generally so vibrantly and emotionally glowingly depicted I do find the presented human figures a bit too one dimensional and emotionally stagnant a bit too cartoony for my personal tastes However and that all being said Robinson s pictorial renderings do work very well with Matt dea Pena s narrative both reflecting and at times expanding on the atter s printed words and I can thus much understand how many have found Last Stop on Market Street a successful and wonderful combination of text and images although I for one do personally rather wish that Christian Robinson s illustrations were a trifle ess naive and move detailed rounded and expansive in visual scope And sorry I did and do find that white head covering CJ s grandmother is wearing. Every Sunday after church CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town But today CJ wonders why they don't own a car ike his friend.
REVIEW Last Stop on Market StreetN
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life sittle gems Simple pleasures and wonders are c In the two weeks since the ALA Awards were announced one very special picture book has suddenly found itself showered with accolades and thrust in the center of attention This book which was somewhat overshadowed in the past year received not only a Caldecott Honor but much to the surprise and even shock of many kid Seductive Surrender
lit enthusiasts the highly coveted 2016 Newbery Medal as well The book to cause such a stir is Last Stop on Market Street Written by Matt De La Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson this book was nationally recognized for its story content along with the illustrations and after a thoughtful read it s not difficult to understand why It is no surprise that this book was acknowledged and hailed for its art Christian Robinson who was once again given the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor this year along with the Caldecott Honor has certainly made a name for himself recently in the world of children siterature Robinson s distinctive and expressive art has been celebrated in the award winning books Gaston and Josephine The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Here he applies his stylistic illustrations once again to complement and enhance the story of CJ his bus ride across the city and his diverse interactions along the way True to Robinson s approach while the illustrations as a whole are rather simple the attention to detail is incredible Children reading this book will be able to relate to the sheer ordinariness that they themselves experience every day in their own daily routines From the street signage to the handheld devices CJ s world is very obviously the world of today The vibrant colors and appealing textures are also worth pointing out With just a few strokes of his brush Robinson creates a world that is beautiful and very much believable Perhaps what makes this book so special is the fact that the words and the story itself are as high uality as the wonderful art Much Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot,
like the illustrations the story appears simple at first glance It takes a second or third reading to truly discover the depth of meaning being conveyed here To begin with theanguage is magnificent There is an almost musical pulse to the words when spoken aloud In fact some of the ines unexpectedly rhyme and many phrases are incredibly sensory Crumbling sidewalks and broken down doors graffiti tagged windows and boarded up stores and The outside air smelled ike freedom but it also smelled ike rain These perfectly chosen words by De La Pena paint pictures in the mind that are as vivid as Robinson s illustrations Upon initially hearing the premise one might be immediately reminded of another Caldecott Honor book After all this story is also about a young boy his nana and their experience in the city And yet that is where the similarities end Last Stop has its own story to tell and it is certainly distinct from what has already been done Here we follow CJ along for the ride as he discovers the simple joys of iving the gift of giving to others and the beauty that is found in human interactions The book s title is a fitting one as the majority of the story takes place for the duration of a bus ride across the city It is not until the ast two pages that we actually realize where CJ and his "Grandmother Are Going But By "
are going but by we ike CJ have already been reminded about the things in ife that are truly important Nana is an incredible character and readers just might find that her gentle rebukes to her grandson resound with them as well She is obviously not wealthy they don t have a car and CJ points out things that he wishes he could have but she teaches her grandson to appreciate ordinary beauty to experience the communal nature of music and to understand the importance of service to others Matt De La Pena says he drew inspiration for this story from his own upbringing You can feel ike you ve been slighted if you re growing up without if you have ess money he s commented or you can see the beauty in that And I feel ike the most important thing that s ever happened to me is growing up without money It s one of the things I m the most proud of This backdrop is felt throughout the book and will certainly resonate with kids across the country who find themselves in similar situations to De La Pena and CJ I find the end page of Last Stop to be particularly profound While waiting for the bus to come pick them up and take them back home Nana is knitting CJ is shown reading a book and the rain has definitely stopped Knowing what we now do it is easy to imagine that Nana is making a scarf for a homeless person CJ is reading perhaps aloud to her It is a subtle yet appreciative nod to the critical role that reading played in changing De La Pena s ife and is a striking meaningful scene that clinches the overall message of the story Last Stop on Market Street is undeniably beautiful The vibrant art the melodic words and the significant story all come together for an unforgettable experience that takes multiple readings to truly appreciate However the uestion which has been raised since the ALA conference is this does Last Stop deserve the Newbery Medal After all it was a completely unexpected choice and the children s iterature community continues to debate why this book should or a completely unexpected choice and the children s iterature community continues to debate why this book should or not have won the prestigious Medal In the end that is something each reader will have to decide for themselves But consider this the Award is given each year to the most distinguished contribution to children s iterature Past Newberys have communicated relevant messages showcased different ifestyles and featured strong characters Last Stop on Market Street most certainly does all of these things And while most Newberys need hundreds of pages to accomplish all of this Last Stop does it in 32 Reviewed on my blo. Estion is met with an encouraging answer from grandma who helps him see the beauty and fun in their routine and the world around th. A
trifle strange and distracting as it almost feels as though it has been added by the illustrator as somewhat of an after thought it just feels a bit artificial and superimposed and if that white headdress is supposed to actually represent the grandmother s hair well to my eyes it sure does not really ook ike hair Nana how come we don t got a carBoy what do we need a car for We got a bus that breathes fire and old Mr Dennis who always has a trick for youThis book is about a black ittle boy and his grandmother who ive in The CityWHAT I LIKED A children s book with a black MC that isn t all puts on a serious voice This is an important message A boy and his grandmother spending time together as if this is a normal everyday thing That s sweet You don t get the idea that grandma is babysitting instead you get the idea that she and CJ regularly spend days together The diversity It s the city and you can really tell You meet all kinds of people in these pages Old young tattooed blind in a wheelchair black brown white different body types etcThe illustrations of the tattooed man are pretty impressive Anti materialism and discipline The old woman is tough but Le valeureux guerrier
loving with her grandson She makes him go to church She makes sure he smiles at the other people on the bus and says Good afternoon to them Sheooks at the coin in his hand meaningfully so that he Snowflakes on the Sea
ll drop it into the hat of a guitar player CJ asks How come we gotta wait for the bus in all this wet And his grandma reminds him that trees need water tooYou ve read the opening uote where she explains why they don t need a car it s not a matter of not having it s a matter of not needing He s full of uestions How come that man can t seeBoy what do you know about seeing Nana told himSome people watch the world with their earsThat s a fact Their noses too the man said sniffing at the airThat s a mighty fine perfume you re wearing today ma amNana sueezed the man s hand andaughed her deep Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy
laughWow Grandma is flirting LOLWhat about when CJ sees some teenagersistening to an iPod Sure wish I had one of those he saidNana set down her knittingWhat for You got the real ive thing sitting across from you She says indicating the guitar playerOther uestions arise How come it s always so dirty over here CJ uestions when they re A ame ridiculous tale of rose colored glasses Look kid you are absolutely right You do ive in a dump If you want to get out of there and find something better you can Start by not istening to the platitudes Go out and find the truth Hang out with people who will correct your double negatives and your how come we don t got a car kind of talk Pick up some of that trash that is Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival
lying on the ground instead of just walking on by It noonger surprises me when I am not excited by the books that receive the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott Awards I am not excited by Last Stop on Market Street the 2016 Newbery Winner and Caldecott Honor book as well The illustrations are interesting but I found them predictable The storyline is sweet and with a great message you don t have to be rich with money to be rich in *other ways We can use titles that show how being poor isn t only about pain and suffering but *
ways We can use titles that show how being poor isn t only about pain and suffering but be about Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book,
livingife to the fullest Beyond that I don t have much to say in support And aren t these two awards supposed to be about books chock full of things to get excited about So I should be honest and say that this review isn t really about this book as much as it is about my disappointment in the Newbery committee s decision This is a nice picture book and it represents all of the underrepresented groups that we re all The Fix
looking to see initerature for kids It s a sweet earnest thing Maybe a ittle didactic for my taste The book takes on a big difficult idea And it handles it pretty nicely For a picture book For four year olds Up to eight if you go by the publisher s marketing materials I am a huge believer in the importance of picture books and for the great ones I don t think there s any imit to the top of the age range I m not prepared to go that far for this one But REALLY Newbery committee Really The most distinguished contribution to iterature for children out of all the books of 2015 ok subject to residency reuirements etc If we want To Investigate Ideas Of investigate ideas of and diversity if we want to find beauty in our surroundings no matter the difficulties we have to overcome certainly we can allow attention than a picture book affords And textual complexity maybe While the Caldecott for Hugo Cabret was a surprise that made sense to me this book just doesn t do what I need a Newbery book to do It doesn t challenge readers to engage with characters or ideas in a profound or extended way Obviously this is all only my opinion but it seems to me that the committee missed an opportunity here A bit to didactic for my taste but it is undeniably a great tool to encourage many conversations with your child about how diverse people are My son was endlessly fascinated by the guy covered in tattoos Beautiful Profound Colorful And AliveThis bookthis book is poetry I oved itLast Stop on Market Street tells the story of a Desire in Seven Voices
little boy CJ and his Nana riding the bus We meet and experience personalities sounds and smells right along with CJ and his grandmother We see the world out the window on the bus and in the people we meet From raindrops to music to butterflies to graffiti CJ asks and wonders about it all as he makes his way through the city Why this and How come that And his Nana has an answer perfect answers filled with compassion and grace andove every time Pure ove How come it s always so dirty over here She smiled and pointed to the sky Sometimes when you re surrounded by dirt CJ you re a better witness for what s beautiful These words and pictures are a celebratio. Colby Why doesn’t he have an iPod ike the boys on the bus How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town Each .