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Blackout
Blackout | John Rocco
37 posts | 17 read | 2 to read
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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Juliafass
Blackout | John Rocco

“A party was going on there too. And no one was busy.”

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Juliafass
Blackout | John Rocco

I used to love when the power would go out as a child. I thought it was so much fun all the games i would get to play with my family because of it. This was a nice book that sparks good memories

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Juliafass
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Blackout by John Rocco was written in 2011. This book brings feelings of nostalgia as the reader looks back on the times when the power had gone out at their house and you‘d have to find ways to pass the time. The illustrations are also beautifully done and remind me of Van Gohs Starry Night.

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abbychlosta
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Everything went back to normal... but not everyone likes normal.

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abbychlosta
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The illustrations in this book were so well made and interesting. Really made the story even more enjoyable.

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abbychlosta
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Blackout by John Rocco was written in 2011 and is an award winning book. This book was super interesting and had a good message. We are all so caught up in all the things we have to do, but sometimes we need something to happen to draw us out of it like the black our in this story. It kind of showed how everyone was having so much more fun without their electronics and I think today that is a huge part of our world. Good message for young minds.

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Makayla_Kimes
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Cutest moment is when the lights came back on and the family continued their time together instead of locking themselves back in their rooms.

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Makayla_Kimes
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The story of how unplugging can bring a family or people in general closer to each other. The story shows ways to have fun without technology.

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Kayladvazquez
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Blackout is RF. One night in the city the power goes out leaving the family with no television, no phones, and no computers. What are they going to do? They head to the roof and see that a block party has began...
I believe this would be a great Read Aloud.
Award: Caldecott honor
EL: great illustration/ easy read
UDL: 3.1
https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/blackout
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Bmelendez92 This book is an amazing read aloud it we actually use this for my current classroom, this taught about what life was kind of like before there was a lot of electronics 3mo
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cjbattiste
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Beautiful deep blue coloring. Makes it soft on the eyes and pleasant to look at!

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cjbattiste
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The first few items that stood out to me consisted of the colors used and the texture of the pages. This was a very pleasant read that had a joyful, heartwarming storyline. This book is written for ages 4-8 and I believe that is just right. It has a comic book style to it (few words, blocks of scenes rather than whole page images). A fun read focusing on spending quality time with loved ones.

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kaity7
Blackout | John Rocco

"...But not everyone likes normal."

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kaity7
Blackout | John Rocco

I remember when our electricity would go out due to a storm and all I wanted to do was go outside and catch fireflies because they looked so much brighter!

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kaity7
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This book was written in 2011. The illustrations are extremely vibrant and have the urge to draw an audience in due to the cover. As the darkness approaches, the views of the bright stars appear. This helps the reader to continue the adventure in the dark setting. This book would be fun to read in a fort with all the lights off!

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LibrarianRyan
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4⭐️ This book has amazing illustrations. It is a simple story about the busy lives that are slowed down when the power goes out. People find time to have fun, and enjoy something rarely seen when you live in the city: the stars.

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Gingerstory
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This old favorite never gets old. 💕

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RealLifeReading
Blackout | John Rocco
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The power has been out for an hour now - after a very strange evening of thunder, lightning and rain in the Bay Area. In September! My boys had fun reading by torchlight!

Bookzombie They are so cute! 2y
Cinfhen 💕💕💕 2y
Cupofjo Adorable! 2y
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LibrarianRyan Love it. 2y
Jas16 Wasn't it crazy? My weather app is saying we might have another thunder storm tomorrow morning. 2y
RealLifeReading @Jas16 soooo crazy!! I am making sure we have more batteries and things ready in case of another blackout!! 2y
moranadatter Sorry to hear about the blackout, but glad your boys had fun. 2y
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Tamra
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This! The Art & Message!

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Zelma
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Well, this certainly changed my evening plans. 😕 I was going to cook dinner and read one of my new Christmas books. At least I have a new title available on my nook ready to go, and I guess I will be looking for someplace open for takeout.

DebinHawaii Oh no! Hope it comes back on soon! 3y
Mimi28 Stay safe ❤ 3y
Zelma @DebinHawaii @Mimi28 thanks! It's more annoying than anything. Temp is comfortable at least. It's worse when it happens during the summer. We had nasty thunderstorms all day and as soon as it cleared up, power went out. So odd. 3y
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LeahBergen Oh no! 👎🏻👎🏻 3y
Zelma @LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola Mr. Z just reminded me about my book light that I received for Christmas! 😃 evening restored! Yay! 3y
BethFishReads 🕯🕯🕯🕯 3y
Redwritinghood At least there won't be any dishes to wash after dinner. 3y
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Johanna414
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Apparently I'll be reading something on my kindle tonight, since the power is out and I've yet to unpack a flashlight or any candles but this one... I was really looking forward to watching Mo Farah run too...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Darn! Hopefully the power returns soon. 3y
Johanna414 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it's been out for almost an hour and a half already- almost our whole county is out. It's also 85 degrees so I've got the baby camped out on the living room floor rather than upstairs without a fan. Electric company estimates another hour or two... 3y
BookishMarginalia Hope the power comes back soon! And the ac, of course! 3y
Megabooks Wow! I hope it's restored sooner. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Johanna414 Ugh! I hate it when that happens! Hopefully everyone fell asleep early and woke up to power. 3y
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Johanna414
Blackout | John Rocco

Apparently I'll be reading something on my kindle tonight, since the power is out and I've yet to unpack a flashlight or any candles but this one... I was really looking forward to watching Mo Farah run too...