Saturday, March 12, 2016

Kid Lit: Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Goodreads Summary:
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.

I heard about this book a couple months ago when Julie @ Smiling Shelves discussed Newbery and Caldecott winners. Since I had already planned to read Matt de la Pena for my YA Book Club, I thought I should read his children's book as well.

My Thoughts:
My son and I both delighted in this Newbery-winning tale of CJ and his grandmother's bus ride one Sunday after church. CJ doesn't understand why they have to take the bus instead of riding in a car. His grandmother answers all of his questions and points out the value of the bus ride. I had assumed they were on their way home, but not so. Their journey leads them to a soup kitchen, where they serve lunch every Sunday.

I wanted to read this book with my son because it highlights economic differences, and I thought it would be a good conversation starter. It was! But it not only allowed me to discuss why some people don't have cars; I was able to discuss poverty and service with my son as well.

I loved the poetic, although not rhyming, language in this book as well. And CJ speaks very colloquially, which was very authentic. This book is a wonderful picture book for all ages, but I especially enjoyed it because it brought up deeper topics which make picture books more valuable when reading with my almost 6 year old.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I'm linking up with Booking Mama today for Kid Konnection. Every Saturday Julie hosts this link up for all things relating to children's books.


  1. Sounds like this is a wonderful book with an inspiring message. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It's definitely on my list to read because it's the Newbery winner, but I think your review just bumped it even higher up the list! :)