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Blackout by John Rocco
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Blackout (2011)

by John Rocco

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This book makes the reader feel like they are experiencing a blackout in the city as well as experiencing the momentary adventure and pause in our daily lives. ( )
  AngelaKastrava | Apr 16, 2017 |
It is summer in the city and everyone has going something on and no one can play. The power suddenly goes out and everyone begins playing together.
  kiahbremframe | Mar 17, 2017 |
In my opinion this book, Blackout, was a great independent read for a child in the grades of kindergarten through third. Blackout was a book about the power going out and having to make this type of situation family fun. Due to this, the illustrations reflected beautifully as the colors used were blue and black. It followed the image the words were saying. Also, the writing style was engaging. Most of the text was in conversation bubbles. This is very engaging for a student as it breaks up the text and does not seem so much to read. The big idea of this book was to make family time and not to be soaked up in work/ electronic devices. ( )
  kaitlynanna | Mar 2, 2017 |
the town goes dark cause of a power outage, so the town decides to have a little party on the streets instead
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  TUCC | Jan 17, 2017 |
NCCBA 2013
I like the picture on the end page. The little girl is sitting under lamplight, head in hand and looking bored. And she has a star on her t-shirt. A little foreshadowing...

The setting is evening in a loud, hot city. The book is set up almost like a graphic novel so you read each block. The unnamed little girl just wants to play a game. Sister is on the telephone, mama is tapping on the computer, dad is cooking; all are "much too busy." Then the power goes off. Out come the flashlights and candles. Now the city is dark and quiet and as you may guess the family activity changes. The little girl is quite happy how things are going with the power off. The unfolding scenes in the story could be one is a city or country setting when the power goes off briefly.

This is a really sweet family story.
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
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The youngest child wants to play a board game, but everyone else in the family is busy.  Then all the lights in the city go out, a blackout, giving the family the opportunity to reconnect.  The apartment heats up and drives the family outside, giving the community the opportunity to reconnect.  The lights come on and almost everything goes back to normal.  The family sits down with one another to play a board game!

This picture book reads like a comic book, great illustrations!  Blackout shows the importance of family, community, and investing time to develop relationships.
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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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