Blackout

Blackout Review

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.

Title:Blackout
Edition Language:English

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    Blackout Reviews

  • Trudi

    Fantastic illustrations, and a sweet engaging story with a wonderful message about turning off the devices in this tech'ed out life to simply "be" with each other. A refreshing, optimistic examination...

  • Kathryn

    4.5 STARSI really enjoyed this story about a family so plugged into technology they don't have time to play with the youngest child... Until a blackout forces everyone in the city to get creative. The...

  • Lisa Vegan

    Oh, I just got such a kick out of this book! Funny and sweet and quirky and heartwarming! The pictures are wonderful, from the cover on. At first I thought the cover and the premise would be my favori...

  • Manybooks

    John Rocco's Caldecott Honour winning Blackout presents an entertaining (engagingly, expressively illustrated) way of demomstrating to children that a universal, that a city-wide power outage does not...

  • Candace

    A child wants to play a board game, but everyone in his family is too busy. That is until the lights go out. The family comes together in the blackness of night. They venture up on the roof and see th...

  • Steph Sinclair

    My daughter and I really enjoyed this one. The illustrations were beautiful and eye catching. It's very different from the illustrations I'm used to seeing in children's books because the technique us...

  • Katie Fitzgerald

    This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.This picture book opens with a full-page illustration of a little girl looking bored, staring out the window. This nameless little girl, who is th...

  • Laima

    What a wonderful book! This is a very simple story about a blackout in a large and noisy city. A child wants attention but everyone in his family is too busy. When the power suddenly goes out there is...

  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)

    Cute book about a family who is spending a lot of time with their electronic devices and then the power goes out and they spend time as a family and time with neighbors. At the end, they realized they...

  • Leslie

    "If you are a fan of John Rocco’s work, or have yet to become one, Blackout is lovely book to check out, regardless of your age. However, it is one of those picture books to be read to or with someo...