( BOOK Last Stop on Market Street ) ☆ Matt de la Pena – writing–samples.co.uk
Les filles bien n'avalent pas 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 hisiverse interactions along the way True to Robinson s approach while the illustrations as a whole are rather simple the attention to A Reversible Santa Claus detail is incredible Children reading this book will be able to relate to the sheer ordinariness that they themselves experience everyay in their own The War I Finally Won daily routines From the street signage to the handheldevices 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 like the illustrations the story appears simple at first glance It takes a second or third reading to truly iscover the epth of meaning being conveyed here To begin with the language is magnificent There is an almost musical pulse to the words when spoken aloud In fact some of the lines unexpectedly rhyme and many phrases are incredibly sensory Crumbling sidewalks and broken Hakushaku Reijou (volume 9) downoors graffiti tagged windows and boarded up stores and The outside air smelled like freedom but it also smelled like 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 On Desire Why We Want What We Want distinct from what has already beenone Here we follow CJ along for the ride as he Living with Mom and Living with Dad discovers the simple joys of living 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 theuration of a bus ride across the city It is not until the last two pages that we actually realize where until the last two pages that we actually realize where and his grandmother are going but by then we like CJ have already been reminded about the things in life 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 The Binding Vine 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 herew inspiration for this story from his own upbringing You can feel like you ve been slighted if you re growing up without if you have less money he s commented or you can see the beauty in that And I feel like 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 #the book and will certainly resonate with kids across the country who find themselves in similar 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 El caso Demichellis: El nuevo clsico del suspense espaol que triunfa en Europa. definitely stopped Knowing what we nowo 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 life "appreciative nod to the critical role that reading played in changing De La Pena s life 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 Alien Lord's Captive (Warriors of the Lathar Book 1) (English Edition) does Last Stopeserve the Newbery Medal After all it was a completely unexpected choice and the children s literature community continues to Turned Into a Cherry and Popped Fembot Gender Swap Book 1 debate why this book should or should not have won the prestigious Medal In the end that is something each reader will have toecide for themselves But consider this the Award is given each year to the most Tafsir Al Misbah Pesan Kesan dan Keserasian Al uran Vol 1 distinguished contribution to children s literature Past Newberys have communicated relevant messages showcasedifferent lifestyles and featured strong characters Last Stop on Market Street most certainly The Fingerboard Workbook does all of these things And while most Newberys need hundreds of pages to accomplish all of this Last Stopoes it in 32 Reviewed on my blog. 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At breathes fire and old Mr Dennis who always has a trick for youThis book is about a black little boy and his grandmother who live 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 on t get the idea that grandma is babysitting instead you get the idea that she and CJ regularly spend Devil Takes His Innocent The Fall of the Four Horsemen days together Theiversity 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 ifferent body types etcThe illustrations of the tattooed man are pretty impressive Anti materialism and iscipline The old woman is tough but 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 She looks at the coin in his hand meaningfully so that he ll Dr No James Bond 007 role playing game 35006 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 theyon 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 Pour protger Chloe - Cohabitation force (Black Rose) 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 and laughed hereep laughWow Grandma is flirting LOLWhat about when CJ sees some teenagers listening to an iPod Sure wish I had one of those he saidNana set Defining Twilight Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT ACT GED and SSAT down her knittingWhat for You got the real live thing sitting across from you She says indicating the guitar playerOther uestions arise How come it s always soirty over here CJ uestions when they reach their The Arrangers of Marriage destination view spoilera soup kitchen hide spoiler A lame ridiculous tale of rose colored glasses Look kid you are absolutely right Youo live in a Why Zebras Have Black and White Stripes Why Series dump If you want to get out of there and find something better you can Start by not listening to the platitudes Go out and find the truth Hang out with people who will correct yourouble negatives and your how come we Giants Monsters and Dragons An Encyclopedia of Folklore Legend and Myth don t got a car kind of talk Pick up some of that trash that is lying on the ground instead of just walking on by It no longer 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 youon 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 can be about living life to the fullest Beyond that I on t have much to
SAY IN SUPPORT AND AREN T THESE TWO AWARDSin support And aren t these two awards 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 isappointment in the Newbery committee s Fiebre de amor decision This is a nice picture book and it represents all of the underrepresented groups that we re all looking to see in literature for kids It s a sweet earnest thing Maybe a littleidactic for my taste The book takes on a big Seraphic Feather, tome 7 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 Ion t think there s any limit 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 Aşkımız Eski Bir Roman distinguished contribution to literature for children out of all the books of 2015 ok subject to residency reuirements etc If we want to investigate ideas of community andiversity if we want to find beauty in our surroundings no matter the Eres un Cabrón de las Ventas: Rompiéndola en las Ventas Otorgando Valor a los Clientes (Spanish Edition) 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 justoesn t The Seeker The Host do what I need a Newbery book too It Отчаяние Otchayanie 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 toidactic for my taste but it is undeniably a great tool to encourage many conversations with your child about how iverse people are My son was endlessly fascinated by the guy covered in tattoos Beautiful Profound Colorful And AliveThis bookthis book is poetry I loved itLast Stop on Market Street tells the story of a little boy CJ and his Nana riding the bus We meet and experience personalities sounds and smells "Right Along With CJ And "along with CJ and 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 compassio 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 Colby Why oesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus How come they always have to get off in the Tamara de Lempicka dirty part of town Each Things I love about this book1 So many wonderful child friendly moments raindrops on your nose older kids with nicer stuff than you2 It is set in aiverse neighborhood and city that could be ANY city 3 It is sweet slow and poetic4 Vibrant saturated Keats like illustrations5 An awesome grandmother stylish thoughtful and full of 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 Wild Texas Blossom does not have to be read like that either7 What a great pairing of author and illustrator Nope This was aefinite miss for "me I can t believe it won the NewberyI have a feeling that much of "I can t believe it won the NewberyI have a feeling that much of 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 listening to music on the bus He s little enough to have to hold his grandmother s hand the sophistication of his reaction to music probably extends to I 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 idn t work the way his id When the kid says he wishes he had an iPod like the other boy I have indeed much enjoyed the back and forth ialogue between young CJ and his grandmother And unlike readers who have been faulting Matt e la Pena for penning their conversations in a non standard American vernacular as a linguist I Bulan Luka Parah do much appreciate the representation of language as primarily oral and thus and yes not as universally standardised as thisoes not only add both colour and authenticity to the narrative of Last Stop on Market Street but importantly it also underlines that ALL language except perhaps certain artificially created lingoes such as Esperanto originally were and generally still are Big Mal The High Life and Hard Times of Malcolm Allison Football Legend dialects of multiple variation and that it is in fact theseialects these oral vernaculars that both enable that cause language change language Hikmah ketulusan development and evolution and NOT what is generally considered the written norm in other words without the various parlances of the peoples there would also not be for example standard written English German French Italian Spanish etcBut while I haveefinitely enjoyed the general narrational set up of Last Stop on Market Street and o 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 local soup kitchen are generally important and essential than material wealth such as owning vehicles iPods and the like I also tend #to think that the grandmother is at times just a bit #think that the grandmother is at times just a bit insistent on knowing one S PLACE IN SOCIETY AND NOT place in society and not to achieve Because while I o 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 Atomik Aztex dare to wish that his family had a car that wanting thatesiring an iPod is somehow even very much wrong in and of itself And with that salient latter fact in mind I Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls do and my general enjoyment of the textual presentation of Last Stop on Market Street uite notwithstanding kind of fault Matte la Pena for verbally hitting us readers over our collective heads with his ideals of anti materialism of seeing beauty even in run Victoria The ueen An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire 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 the lack ofisplayed subtlety and textual nuances Suddenly Expecting 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 Honouresignation for Last Stop on Market Street while I World leaders 2003 do absolutely adore and love the colours used and how the city in both its positives and negatives is generally so vibrantly and emotionally glowinglyepicted I La nia perdida (Dos amigas 4) (BEST SELLER) do find the presented human figures a bit too oneimensional and emotionally stagnant a bit too cartoony for my personal tastes However and that all being said Robinson s pictorial renderings Being Confident do work very well with Matte la Pena s narrative both reflecting and at times expanding on the latter 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 مفهوم السببية بين المتكلمين والفلاسفة بين الغزالي وابن رشد do personally rather wish that Christian Robinson s illustrations were a trifle less naive and moveetailed rounded and expansive in visual scope And sorry I id and o find that white head covering CJ s grandmother is wearing a trifle strange and Kiss and Break Up Magnolia Cove 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 sureoes not really look like hair Nana how come we on t got a carBoy what o we need a car for We got a 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