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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.
Publisher: New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, c2011.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781423121909
Branch Call Number: j P STORIES ROCCO J
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Black out


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Everyone in the family is to engrossed with their phones, computers and video games to play with the youngest kid. That is until a black out shuts down the power and forces the family to come together and enjoy each other's company!

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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

One summer's night when the power goes out, a family discovers fun doesn't have to be plugged in. Stars and ice cream included!

CRRL_CraigG Jun 26, 2015

A young boy just wants to play a board game, going from family member to family member without any luck. But when all the distractions are gone, that game looks pretty tempting.

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Apr 06, 2015

Good story that shows that you don't have to have electronics to be happy. And perhaps when you are without power and forced to be without , well that can be a whole lot more fun and everyone interacts . The neighborhood has a great time without the distraction of powered devices.

MariePat Dec 23, 2012

A good story that teaches us that we can have fun without electronics. Also teaches how neighbourhoods can come together and not be so isolated.

emilymelissabee Nov 27, 2012

A gorgeous book that tells the story that I also have from my adolescence during the blackout - it's a time when families and neighbourhoods truly come together. Who knew electricity got in the way of so much fun?

Nov 02, 2012

Gorgeous book! The illustrations are fantastic and the story reminds us to slow down and connect with the ones we love. Will be adding this our home collection!

forbesrachel Aug 15, 2012

A wonderful story about how a blackout can mean family time in this hectic world.

YogiMumma Jul 07, 2012

Son is terrified of blackouts but this book made him smile :)

jazs Nov 29, 2011

NYTimes Notable Children's book for 2011


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Apr 08, 2012

fiferboy thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 6


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