Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

eBook - 2015
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#1 New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
Winner of the Newbery Medal
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
This award-winning modern classic—a must-have for every child’s home library—is an inclusive ode to kindness, empathy, gratitude, and finding joy in unexpected places, and celebrates the special bond between a curious young Black boy and his loving grandmother.

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 Peña’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group


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JCLJenV Mar 31, 2021

This book will lead to many great conversations with your little ones.

Mar 25, 2021

Really cute story about a young boy and his grandmother riding the bus and his curiosity about the people they meet and the things they see. Loved the illustrations, which are beautiful and the way the author wrote the dialect of the characters.

Feb 21, 2021

Story for All Ages read by Hannah Franco-Isaacs at Sunday service, February 21, 2021, live on YouTube (Sermon "Loving the Unbeloveds")

Jun 08, 2019

I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. The characters are complete stereotypes: the blind man has a seeing eye dog and talks about his other senses being heightened, the teenagers are too into the latest ipod/whatever, some guy in a cowboy hat is strumming a guitar (probably country music, considering the major stereotyping, but we're not told). The old lady is wearing curlers and carrying a jar of butterflies (I guess to signify she's senile like all old ladies should be (sarcasm here)).

Second complaint is the dialogue. It's stilted and weird. The grandma and grandson both talk like "how come we don't gotta car?" and she calls her grandson "boy." While I've known real people who talk this way, in this case it seemed like a lazy stereotype to depict race/poverty/living in the City in the most uncomfortable way possible.

Thirdly, The boy's "character arc" begins as he complains about having to go to the place (we find out at the end of the story it's a soup kitchen where they volunteer) and complain about having to ride the bus there, but then at the end he realizes he's glad he came. But...he says earlier, "How come we always gotta go here" which makes it sound like it's a recurring event every Sunday after church. Why did he suddenly realize on this day that it was fun to come when he's gone to the soup kitchen several times before? Because the story demanded it? There's no logical reason why he'd suddenly change his mind.

There are much better books out there if you want realistic diversity. This one is a definite skip.

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 16, 2017

This book won the Newberry and I was skeptical, as this award is traditionally given to picture books. However, this FEELS like a chapter book. The reader has a lot to think about the characters, themes, and language. Christian Robinson's illustrations are as powerful as ever!

VaughanPLLonnie Jan 16, 2017

Take a bus ride through the city to see what, where, who and why our city is great -- diversity.

jassiet Aug 23, 2016

The story is sweet, simple and beautiful. Living in the Bay Area, I love seeing kids books that show city life and riding the bus. It was easy for my son to connect with the story (he's 2) and I found it heartwarming.

Jun 18, 2016

In reading to my preschool aged children, this book really stood out to me. The pictures and words were simple, understandable, and easy to relate to. However, the best thing about the book was the plethora of rich life lesson material it presents. As I read this to my kids, I took the opportunity to expound on the book's themes of beauty and appreciation of diversity (age, skin color, clothing, disability, socioeconomic status, etc.), service, kindness, and optimism.

MGBustillo May 20, 2016

Newberry Award winning tale of one boy's journey home from church with his grandmother on the bus.

May 03, 2016

The positive outlook of the grandmother encouraging her grandson to look on the bright side of life...I found this so refreshing! My favorite is when he asks her, "How come it's always so dirty over here?"...and she answers, "Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, C.J., you're a better witness for what's beautiful."

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LibrarianDest Jan 28, 2016

Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful.

Jan 08, 2016

"CJ saw the perfect rainbow arcing over their soup kitchen. he wondered how his nana always found beautiful where he never thought to look"


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Sep 06, 2017

A young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.


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