I have indeed much enjoyed the back and forth dialogue between young CJ
and his grandmother And unlike readers who have been faulting Matt de la his grandmother And unlike readers who have been faulting Matt de la for enning their conversations in a non standard American vernacular as a linguist I do much appreciate the representation of language as rimarily oral and thus and yes not as universally standardised as this does not only add both colour and authenticity to the narrative of Last Stop on Market Street but importantly it also underlines that ALL language except erhaps certain artificially created lingoes such as Esperanto originally were and generally still are dialects of multiple variation and that it is in fact these dialects these oral vernaculars that both enable that cause language change language development and evolution and NOT what is generally considered the written norm in other words without the various Over Mintmarks and Hot Repunched Mintmarks parlances of theeoples there would also not be for example standard written English German French Italian Spanish etcBut while I have definitely enjoyed the general narrational set up of Last Stop on Market Street and do appreciate CJ s grandmother ointing out the many ositives of his obviously inner city neighbourhood and that being
friendly having a social conscience with the two of them taking a bus after church to volunteer at a social conscience with the of them taking a bus after church to volunteer at local soup kitchen are generally important and essential than material wealth such as owning vehicles iPods and the like I also tend to think that the grandmother is at times just a bit too insistent on knowing one s One Day in December place in society and not striving to achieve Because while I do happen to agree with the message that too much materialism is not all that inherently wonderful the grandmothe Nope This was a definite miss for me I can t believe it won the NewberyI have a feeling that much of this book sremise and intent would go right over kids heads Especially when it starts waxing Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts poetic about sunsets and colours and the kid having some sort of eargasm from listening to music on the bus He s little enough to have to hold his grandmother s hand the sophistication of his reaction to musicrobably extends to I liked itI also couldn t stand Nana She s basically a virtue signalling harpy When the kid asks why a blind man can t see she gives him some airy fairy answer about how he sees with his other senses when the kid robably just wanted to know why his eyes didn t work the way his did When the kid says he wishes he had an iPod like the other boys on the bus Nana tells him to impose on the guy holding a guitar How does she know the guy is okay laying in front of strangers Maybe he s just trying to get from Point A to Point B without being harassed by an old woman with a sense of entitlement Sure in this case the guy. 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. The First Secret of Edwin Hoff person who ll throw him a birthdayarty and bet Nana s the sort of erson who ll throw him a birthday arty and make him donate all his resents to charityMaybe I m too cynical for this Or maybe I just don t like books that try way too hard to look like they re romoting virtuous behaviourOh and the illustrations are also terrible So there s that Things I love about this book1 So many wonderful child friendly moments raindrops on your nose older kids with nicer stuff than you2 It is set in a diverse neighborhood and city that could be ANY city 3 It is sweet slow and País íntim poetic4 Vibrant saturated Keats like illustrations5 An awesome grandmother stylish thoughtful and full of love6 This would be a great book for a religious setting since it could be seen that it is Grandmother is motivated by her faith to help other in her community BUT it totally does not have to be read like that either7 What a greatairing of author and In the two weeks since the ALA Awards were announced one very special Under Lock and Key picture book has suddenly found itself showered with accolades and thrust in the center of attention This book which was somewhat overshadowed in theast year received not only a Caldecott Honor but much to the surprise and even shock of many kid lit enthusiasts the highly coveted 2016 Newbery Medal as wel Beautiful Profound Colorful And AliveThis bookthis book is oetry I loved itLast Stop on Market Street tells the story of a little boy CJ and his Nana riding the bus We meet and experience ersonalities sounds and smells right along with CJ and his grandmother We see the world out the window on the bus and in the Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II people we meet From raindrops to music to butterflies to graffiti CJ asks an A bit to didactic for my taste but it is undeniably a great tool to encourage many conversations with your child about how diverseeople are My son was endlessly fascinated by the guy covered in tattoos So I should be honest and say that this review isn t really about this book as much as it is about my disappointment in the Newbery committee s decision This is a nice Something Wicked picture book and it represents all of the underrepresented groups that we re all looking to see in literature for kids It s a sweet earnest thing Maybe a little didactic for my taste The book takes on a big difficult idea And it handles itretty nicely For a Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover picture book For four year olds Up to eight if you go by theublisher s marketing materials I am a huge believer in the importance of Freud and His Followers picture books and for the great ones I don t think there s any limit to the top of the age range I m notrepared to go that far for this one But REALLY Newbery committee Really The most disting. 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 art of town Each Uished contribution to literature for children out of all the books
of 2015 ok subject to residency reuirements etc If we want to investigate ideas of community and diversity if we want 2015 ok subject to residency reuirements etc If we want to investigate ideas of community and diversity if we want find beauty in our surroundings no matter the difficulties we have to overcome certainly we can allow attention than a icture book affords And textual complexity maybe While the Caldecott for Hugo Cabret was a surprise that made sense to me this book just doesn t do what I need a Newbery book to do It doesn t challenge readers to engage with characters or ideas in a rofound or extended way Obviously this is all only my opinion but it seems to me that the committee missed an opportunity here It no longer surprises me when I am not excited by the books that receive the restigious Newbery and Caldecott Awards I am not excited by Last Stop on Market Street the 2016 Newbery Winner and Caldecott Honor book as well The illustrations are interesting but I found them redictable The storyline is sweet and with a great message you don t have to be rich with money to be rich in other ways We can use titles that show how being oor isn t only about ain and suffering but can be about living life to the fullest t only about ain and suffering but can be about living life to the fullest that I don t have much to say in support And aren t these two awards supposed to be about books chock full of things to get excited about A lame ridiculous tale of rose colored glasses Look kid you are absolutely right You do live in a dump If you want to get out of there and find something better you can Start by not listening to the A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal platitudes Go out and find the truth Hang out witheople who will correct
your double negatives and your how come we don t got double negatives and your how come we don t got car kind of talk Pick up some of that trash that is lying on the ground instead of just walking on by Nana how come we don t got a carBoy what do we need a car for We got a bus that breathes fire and old Mr Dennis who always has a trick for youThis book is about a black little boy and his grandmother who live in The CityWHAT I LIKED A children s book with a black MC that isn t all Nacht puts on a serious voice This is an important message A boy and his grandmother spending time together as if this is a normal everyday thing That s sweet You don t get the idea that grandma is babysitting instead you get the idea that she and CJ regularly spend days together The diversity It s the city and you can really tell You meet all kinds ofeople in these ages Old young tattooed blind in a wheelchair black brown white different body types etcThe illustrations of the tattooed man are retty impressive Anti materialism and discipline The old woman is tough but loving with her grandson She makes him go to church She makes sure he smiles at the other The Da Vinci Cod: A Fishy Parody people on the bus and says Go. Estion is met with an encouraging answer from grandma who helps him see the beauty and fun in their routine and the world around th.
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I have indeed much enjoyed the back and forth dialogue between young CJ