Publisher's Note:  

Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.
This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.

Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt De La Pena

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Overall Review:  

Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt De La Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson, is a picture book.  Vibrantly illustrated, it tells the story of a young boy and his grandmother (aka Nana) leaving church and traveling across town by bus.  It is a sweet story that highlights a positive younger-older generation relationship; it is also shares a lesson about finding beauty in life and in small things.

This book was the winner of the 2016 Newbery Award. Although it was a sweet book, it did not strike this reviewer as a stand-out book that should be on every young person's to-read list.  The Compass Book Ratings' age scale starts at nine, but this book would be fine for readers younger than nine.

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Economic disparity.

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Reviewed By Cindy
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