Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market StreetWritten by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Last Stop on Market Street shows what happens on a bus ride through town for a grandma and grandson. CJ, the grandson, asks lots of questions as they ride the bus. The grandma is full of great answers for the boy. Here is what I loved about this book:

  • The relationship of the grandma and grandson. You can feel they have a strong, loving relationship.
  • I love some of the phrases the author used. Great examples of word choice: “The outside smelled like freedom.” “Sometimes when you’re surrounded by dirt, you’re a better witness for what’s beautiful.”
  • The setting for the story could be any city, making it more real for the reader.
  • You learn from a variety of characters.
  • It shows the importance of kindness towards others even if they are different than you.
  • The illustrations were simple yet vibrant and fun. They capture the readers attention just as much as the words of the story.
  • I really enjoyed this story and will be recommending it to the students at my school.

Review by Vanessa Eyre, Robert Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-3

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Last Stop on Market Street
Written by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA)
32 pages
Release Date: January 8, 2015

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