Annotations for Blackout


Baker & Taylor
In a dramatically lit picture book, a boy and his family find magic in a summer blackout when they go up to the roof to escape the heat and discover a whole new view of the sky, their neighbors and life without the distractions and noise that comes with electricity.

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Baker & Taylor
When a busy family's activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.

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HARPERCOLL
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.


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