Monday, February 6, 2012

Back to book reviews: Blackout

For several uninteresting reasons, I've been unable to visit our libraries regularly. Today, I was finally able to get my hands on some newer library books. Yay!
The above book trailer is interesting in that you just see snippets of the book itself, mixed with interviews from New Yorkers remembering a blackout.
My son picked Blackout over a few other choices and I can't wait to share it with him. The harmony between the words and images is amazing. The unwritten story is deep, but even the broader topic of losing power will strike a chord with little ones. We live in quiet suburbia, so a city tale won't resonate like it will with children who know more about that world, but it's still a way to broaden horizons.
For more information about Blackout, or the author/illustrator John Rocco, visit HERE.


melinda beavers said...

Thanks for sharing this, Gina! This book has been on y radar for a while now, just haven't managed to get a copy in my hands yet!

This trailer is nicely done… and uses one of my FAVORITE movie-score pieces EVER, they must have spent some $$$$ for rights to use it, which is also pretty promising.

Kristi Valiant said...

I just heard John Rocco speak at the SCBWI Winter Conference, and he's such a nice and funny guy in addition to being an incredible artist. So happy this book won a Caldecott Honor!

Gina Perry said...

Melinda - I know, we had been meaning to pick it up for awhile too. I'll have to listen again for the song. ;)
Kristi - thanks for sharing, that's wonderful to hear!